I like it on the kitchen table.
I like it on the couch.
I like it on our bed.
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Seen any of these recently?
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there is yet another Facebook meme circling the social networking site that purports to “get people talking” about breast cancer.
“Remember the game last year about what color bra you were wearing at the moment? The purpose was to increase awareness of October Breast Cancer Awareness month. It was a tremendous success and we had men wondering for days what was with the colors and it made it to the news. This year’s game has to do with your handbag/purse, where we put our handbag the moment we get home [sic] for example “I like it on the couch”, “I like it on the kitchen counter”, “I like it on the dresser” well u get the idea. Just put your answer as your status with nothing more than that and cut n paste this message and forward to all your FB female friends to their inbox. The bra game made it to the news. Let’s see how powerful we women really are!!!”
Yes, let’s show the world how powerful women are by making sexual innuendo on Facebook. That’ll show ‘em!
Side note: what the hell do purses have to do with breast cancer?
Anyway, this so-called “activism” on Facebook is just straight-up lame and the fact it gets major media outlet coverage should be a testament to its lameness, not its success. Activism and awareness can be — and probably, should be — fun so as to truly engage people. Sexual innuendo-filled Facebook status updates are just a goofy way for people to feel like they are “doing something” by “raising awareness” without doing much of anything at all.
I wish there was more media coverage on topics like how women who have battled breast cancer are denied health care coverage for having “pre-existing” conditions or how millions of women can’t afford health care to begin with., not Facebook status updates. Because whoever is launching these Facebook memes is right: Women are powerful. We are more powerful than most of us even realize. Channeling that power into outlets that don’t make any substantive changes? That’s just stupid.