Do you think this FB/breast cancer thing is a load of shite?

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I've seen a couple of statuses from friends saying they're off to live in (insert random city.) They've all had responses from friends asking all about it, loads of people texting and calling to see what's going on...

Turns out it's one of these shit "awareness" things that is supposed to promote breast cancer awareness. I don't see how it does anything of the sort - in fact is it anything to do with breast cancer or has some numpty just made it up?

I've just been sent the email explaining about it and I just thought - ffs.


BelleEnd Thu 10-Nov-11 12:13:06

I thought the same. The one where you put the colour of your bra was cringeworthy I thought, but at least it had some kind of link to boobs. This one is utter shit and I can't see how it would raise awareness at all.

I don't really understand?

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Thu 10-Nov-11 12:14:26

Not at all. It's attention-seeking that does nothing for awareness. I really detest these kinds of self-serving notifications on FB. All secrecy and silly-girlness, pathetic in adult women.


"Hey ladies

It's that time of year again It's time to raise awareness for breast cancer. Remember the status about our bra colour or where we put our purse?? It made more people aware of the problem as it went viral on FB and made the news.

Don't tell any men what the status means. Copy, paste and resend this message to all your girlfriends, let's see if we can make it work like before, keep them guessing, let's see if we can make the news.

The idea is to use your birthdate and month only, no year. Write I am going to live in (see corresponding city below for your month) and your birthday will be for how many months you are going.

Eg: if your BD was on February 14th, then
" I am going to live in London for 14 months!!!!

January - Mexico
February - London
March - Miami
April - Dominican Republic
May - France
June - St. Petersburg
July - Austria
August - Germany
September - New York
October - Amsterdam
November - Las Vegas
December - Colombia"


I have found it really annoying because we are planning on going away for 2 years, but I cant tell my facebook friends or everyone will just think I have put it because of the cancer thing!! Does the place and amount of months mean anything then? Or is it just randomness?

UrsulaBuffay Thu 10-Nov-11 12:15:14

I'm going to live in Germany for 16 months.



x-posted. Thanks!

DesperatelySeekingPomBears Thu 10-Nov-11 12:16:08

What annoys me the most is that they always start with someone ridiculous 'don't tell the men tee hee hee' line...

Heaven forbid some bloke might read something about breast cancer and think 'hmm, wonder if the wife/girlfriend checks herself? I'll ask her tonight'. Because we all know breast cancer only ever has any kind of effect or impact on those with tits.

Plus I now feel like a proper nob head after writing a long email to someone involved about what a good idea that is...

gypsycat Thu 10-Nov-11 12:16:15

Isn't it "that time of year" every couple of months? I HATE copy/paste facebook status's and stupid shit like this with a passion! Angry

ViviPru Thu 10-Nov-11 12:16:22

YANBU. Shite.

Merrylegs Thu 10-Nov-11 12:17:25

YANBU. There are so many things that irritate me about it I don't know where to start.

But here is just one thing... "I am going to live in Austria for 20 months.'

No you're not. No one says they are going to live anywhere in MONTHS, unless it's, say three or four. If you were really going to live in Austria for 20 months you'd say 'I'm going to live in Austria for a couple of years.'

So as a status update it just doesn't work.

SoupDragon Thu 10-Nov-11 12:17:48

Personally, I think anyone that does this is an attention seeking fool.

"don't tell any men about it!" yes, let's raise awareness by posting something nonsensical and not telling 50% of the population what it means.

I'm thinking of deleting anyone who does copy and paste updates.

StrandedBear Thu 10-Nov-11 12:18:27

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working9while5 Thu 10-Nov-11 12:19:15

My MOTHER posted this, YES my MOTHER is on fb, and I was visiting my sister in Liverpool when I had a text from my husband to ask why my mother was going to live in Austria for a month. Cue sister and I discussing how cool it would be to have this happen for about an HOUR, wondering if it would be before Christmas so we could go and see Christmas markets etc before realising.


It does NOT raise "breast cancer" awareness, it is SPAM.

I hate all the copy and paste to your status things - I never do any of them, they are all bollocks

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StewieGriffinsMom Thu 10-Nov-11 12:22:10

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Cherriesarelovely Thu 10-Nov-11 12:22:16

Glad I'm not the only one that finds this extremely annoying and pointless. What on earth does it have to do with breast cancer?

Clossaintjacques Thu 10-Nov-11 12:22:28

YANBU about the stupid facebook thing, I remember seeing those before I deleted my account!

YABU to use the word numpty though wink

SoupDragon Thu 10-Nov-11 12:22:58

Do you actually think that the awareness of breast cancer needs to be raised any further?

By which I mean awareness without any kind of fundraising or information.

ViviPru Thu 10-Nov-11 12:25:49

I think its rather inappropriate.

This going to live in X for X months was posted by an old work colleague who I know has been bravely battling breast cancer. She has had numerous replies to her status with heartfelt words of encouragement and support for making such a courageous decision from people who clearly are unaware its an 'awareness' thing. All a bit confused IMO

what really bugged me about it...

The lack of consistancy in the locations. They should be either cities or countries. How lazy to just put a country cause the idiot who made it up CBF to find out the capital of that country!!


Takeresponsibility Thu 10-Nov-11 12:26:39

I have posted this on my FB account and lots of people have asked me about it and I have said I will tell them in RL. This prompts us to arrange something and then I get to explain this status and how it is supposed to make people aware then ensure that the conversation goes on to how some women still don't check for lumps (and as a side issue).

It is then in people's minds so next time they see such a status the first thing they think of is breast cancer.

Of course just posting about it doesn't promote BC awareness, one has to make it work, but it does start people talking about it.

Thank you for posting this OP, because although people on here are not specifically talking about BC, it is now in the forefront of their minds.

Cancer isn't something that only happens to other people.

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