Facebook, Fruit, and Breast Cancer

Critical Thinking Bear

by Critical Thinking Bear

I had intended to have several blog posts ready before I officially “opened” and advertised this blog to the public. I haven’t even written an About page yet or even decided if I was going to use my own name (ask skeptics often—rightly—call for) or a handle (because I’m a very private person, particularly on the internet). However, I was recently “invited” to an online event on Facebook, and it so struck me, I felt obliged to share it:


okay ladies i thought this would be eaiser to pass along rather than sending it in message form. so follow along and lets see how big we can get this…. Invite all of ur girlfriends and lets see how far we get this to go………….
We are playing a game. Someone proposed that we GIRLS do something special on Facebook to help with Breast Cancer Awareness. Its easy, and Id like you to join us to help it spread. Last year it was… …about writing the color of the bra that your were wearing in your Fb status and it left men wondering for days why the girls had random colors as their status. This year it has to do with your relationship status. You will where you are, by posting one of the codes below. Remember DO NOT REPLY,JUST POST IN YOUR STATUS TO CONFUSE THE GUYS. Then invite all your female friends to join this event

Blueberry: Im single

Pinapple: its complicated

Raspberry: Im a touch and go woman

Apple: Engaged

Cherry: In a relationship

Banana: Im married

Avocado: Im the “other one”

Strawberry: Cant find the right one

Lemon: Wish i was single

Grape: wants to get married.

Passion fruit: Widowed

The bra game reached TV, lets get this one to do the same, and show everyone how powerful women are

“An invite to show I care”… As an admitted care-bear, I have to say, I’m insulted.

The event is filtered as “Private,” so I’ll respect the creator’s choice and just call her Ms. Smith. Ms. Smith, while perhaps well-intentioned, seems to be missing some major points about cancer, not to mention some grammar lessons:

I don’t think we can get any more “aware” of breast cancer in this country than the pink culture riddling the marketing campaign of every PR-savvy corporation.

We need to focus more on awareness of cancer in general, or of types of cancer that are lesser known and preventable. More than 90% of all cancers are caused by environmental factors and are more deadly than breast cancer (i.e., harder to detect and more dangerous at earlier stages), yet few, if any, efforts are made so strongly to save lives.

She didn’t call for readers to do anything, like say… donate money to an organization that’s actually doing progressive research than to those that have failed to produce any new results and have spent more money organizing walks than working in labs.

Getting an artificial, noneffective meme to hit the TV is a) not difficult or special these days,  b) has nothing to do with with preventing cancer or saving lives, c) will show the world how women waste their time feeling good about themselves rather than doing anything considered “powerful,” and d) is perfectly stupid.

I think I’d rather see a viral status message like this:

Cancer awareness starts with you, and I’m not saying that to be cute or coy, or suggest that you start wearing pink 365 days of the year. Most people do not know what cancer really is, how it starts, how it’s prevented, or how treatments like chemotherapy actually work. Most people don’t bother learning these things until they are stricken with cancer themselves. However, you don’t have to be one of those people, and you can change that.

Cancer awareness is important, and the most important thing you can do—the most powerful thing you can do—is educate yourself. Look it up in a proper encyclopedia. Research it. Talk to your doctor. Talk to a cancer patient. Make a real effort to understand this common and often misunderstood disease.

You’ll make yourself far more powerful with knowledge than typing the name of a fruit on your Facebook page.

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2 responses to “Facebook, Fruit, and Breast Cancer

  1. Jennifer

    I TOTALLY agree with you. Especially with “d) will show the world how women waste their time feeling good about themselves rather than doing anything considered “powerful,” and d) is perfectly stupid.”

  2. Apparently, this is hardly new, and I’m sure it will be back again.

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