I’ve been following a “discussion” on FaceBook and felt like I had to stick my two cents worth in which by today’s standards doesn’t amount to much of anything but here goes anyway! If I offend you by this I apologize in advance but this just stuck in my craw and I need to get on my soapbox for a minute.
The “offensive” action was that apparently someone was offended by a FaceBook “game” that is going around in which people are “vaguebooking”. Now yall know how I feel about vaguebooking but in this case it’s for a good cause. It seems that every year someone on FaceBook comes up with some “unique” game to play in which you post something that is meant to seem like you posting about something you’re not just to get people to ask you what you are talking about. I know that made no sense but let me explain.
Over the years I have seen people posting things like “I like mine big and in the bed room” (I’m not sure if I’ve got the exact specifics) which was supposed to refer to what size purse you like and where you keep your purse. One time you were supposed to post your shoe size with “inches” afterwards (and something else but I can’t remember). Another time you were supposed to post your bra color and another time your panty color. This time there was an actual chart that you used by the month you were born which you were supposed to post with “weeks” behind it and then each day 1 – 31 had some weird food combination which you were supposed to post after craving (like 3 weeks and craving pickles) so that you ended up looking like you were pregnant and having weird food cravings.
The point of each of these was to get people talking because it was all for Breast Cancer Awareness. I think mainly because most of them were sexually suggestive or shocking that mostly men but sometimes other people would comment on your post and then you would message them privately and tell them that it was for Breast Cancer Awareness. Just another way to spread the word and get people talking. Any time you get people talking it’s a good thing.
Apparently a LOT of people were duped by this one into thinking people who posted this were really pregnant and I guess they got pissed off when they found out they had been duped because today I saw several postings of how people were sick and tired of their news feeds getting clogged up by people “pretending” they were pregnant. Some of the discussions got quite nasty with each side accusing the other of being stupid or asinine and that it was a foolish way to draw people’s attention to Breast Cancer.
Well, I have to voice my opinion now… IN MY MOST HUMBLE OPINION, (and I realize opinions are like assholes; everybody has got one) ANYTHING THAT BRINGS ATTENTION AND FOCUS TO BREAST CANCER OR ANY OTHER KIND OF CANCER IS NOT STUPID. Okay, with that said… it is true that maybe posting anything on FaceBook is not going to “cure” breast cancer as one person so succinctly pointed out. NO…it won’t, BUT, it might get people talking which in turn might get people donating to breast cancer research which in turn might lead to betterr research which in turn might lead to a cure “someday”. How is that a BAD thing?
Please, I implore you, if you think playing a game like that is stupid, ask my 28 year old niece who has been battling breast cancer for over 4 years and is steadily losing her battle if she thinks ANYTHING that brings attention to breast cancer is a bad thing? Please, ask her for 3 children who very soon will most likely lose their mother to breast cancer if they think anything that brings attention and awareness to breast cancer is stupid? Please, ask her husband, who is most likely very soon going to be a widower if he thinks it’s stupid to pretend to be pregnant IF it gets the word out that we need to find a cure for breast cancer? It is too late for him for a cure to be found to save his wife and the mother of his children but I can guarantee you that if he thought standing on a corner in a pregnant belly would help, he would do it in a heartbeat! He would do whatever he could to bring attention and awareness to people.
And for those of you who railed against those who were posting that (I did not post it so I’m not personally offended by it) by doing so they weren’t “helping” and they should get out there and run a 5K or something, let me tell you, ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that makes people more aware whether it be something tiny or HUGE is worthwhile. Just because I personally raised a good bit of money a couple of years ago and walked 60 miles in three days doesn’t mean I am any better than the person who posted that because in their own way they DID help. Just the fact that you were all vehemently discussing how stupid it was proved that it wasn’t. Thank you because you proved them right! There were 20 or more responses to that posting complaining about people posting. That’s 20 or more people who are thinking more about breast cancer right now than they were yesterday. And for all those hundreds of people who did post your fake pregnancies …“good on you” as they say! I, for one, am proud of you. I might have posted it myself had it not been for the fact that I am past child bearing age and it would just look ridiculous if I posted something like that.
And for those of you who don’t like that people are posting those things? There’s something called an IGNORE button. Or if you are really that pissed off you can always block or defriend someone who pisses you off. I’m sure there will be a few who do that to me after this if you’ve read this far. I’d rather lose a FaceBook “friend” over raising cancer awareness than lose a REAL friend to any kind of cancer. If making you or anyone else more aware of cancer is a crime, arrest me! Or just defriend me. I really don’t care to have small minded people clog my page. It’s not like it’s actually hurting you. It might be a minor inconvenience to you to have it clog your page but ask people with cancer how convenient that is!
OK… I’ll get off my soapbox now.