I was wondering when the next breast cancer awareness fad would hit Facebook, and this month, the “GIRLS ONLY!” message began appearing from multiple female friends.
After reading through it, I have to admit I’m just as annoyed as I was last year by the whole insipid bra color thing. This “breast cancer awareness” effort is similar. Basically, women are supposed to write a fruit as their status: blueberry, banana, raspberry, etc. According to the key in the message, these fruits represent the women’s relationship status: apple = engaged, lemon = “wish I was single” and cherry = “in a relationship”, etc.
I’ve broken the rules here, because the message specifically says GIRLS ONLY! and praises last year’s bra-color-posting fad because “it left men wondering for days why the girls had random colors as their status.” To any men reading this blog who were still in the dark and care at all about the meaning of the fruit statuses, now you know.
Well-meaning lady friends, I must ask: what does indicating your relationship status with a secret-code fruit have to do with cancer awareness? How does giggling over confusing the men help people with a dreadful disease?
My heart goes out to anyone fighting cancer, along with their families. Many people among my own friends and extended family have battled cancer. But I think there are better ways to support them than Facebook status fads. Donate to cancer research. Support loved ones who are suffering from cancer however you can. Female-centered Facebook fads like this around a serious issue don’t “show everyone how powerful women are”, as this month’s message claims. They just make women look childish and emphasize divides between men and women. At least that’s my take. Now I open the Sunday Poll to you. Please weigh in with your own opinion.
If I’m the only person out there who feels this way about the fruits, that’s ok. Men and women, I’m interested in hearing what you think about this, whether or not you agree with me.
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