I do NOT “like” it on Breast Cancer Awareness
What is it about lewdness or â harmless funâ that gets the most attention over media these days? Social media just makes it easier for people to get more playful with it and the âI like it onâ meme, though backed by pure intentions over grave matters is disturbing. Some would argue with this. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and researchers project that approximately ten million women will die of it in the next 25 years. And talking about âwhere you like itâ is a bit lewd- to say the least. At least over social media.
Thankfully, unlike the âcolour status updatesâ I havenât seen many ladies on my social network mention where they âlike itâ yet. It might just be a time zone thing because a few in the eastern world have made their statements.
This time around, women everywhere are uniting their efforts to raise awareness about breast cancer by participating in the "I like it on" campaign. "I like Â it on the stairs/coffee table/entrance etc.â might flash some thoughts in your Facebook news feed.Â In doing so, they are âconfusingâ men and vilifying their *eyes roll* âcharm factorâ to generate further interest. Perhaps the added âmysteryâ of not knowing what exactly the ladies are talking about is womenâs way of coming together for the cause. Right.
Talk is cheap and cheap talk is even more appealing to the masses these days- simply because of how heavily sexualised our media is but do we really need to stoop to this level when it comes to serious life threatening issues? You tell me.
Of course, the status updates will generate comments and feedback, which is supposedly the point of doing so. This in turn will raise general awareness because we canât read the news or see pink ribbons around us everywhere. A manâs world will come crashing down when he finds out that there was nothing mysterious here but rather women âtrickedâ him into finding about something very important that they couldnât directly talk to him about. (Heaven forbid men should react like decent human beings and show sympathy). Of course, no one should care unless we add the âlewd/ditsyâ twist instead of simply projecting themselves as thoughtful creatures that care about a deadly disease. Maybe.
Like any social media platform, due to the fact that Facebook is extremely popular, it is most susceptible to rapidly spreading memes. We donât know much of where the campaign originated from, but some people are calling it cute and fun like the colour updates. Some people claim it might generate some awareness to motivate women to go in for their medical examinations and such.
Well letâs hope for the best but letâs hope we find a better way to use social media and save the world from Internet memes and breast cancer.
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