So I've never been a fan of chain letters. They're just a waste of time in my opinion but I don't get on people who participate in them. I don't know how many of you are on facebook or have seen this new one going around but it bugs me (because I have friends who are feeling hurt by it). It says "____ weeks (pregnant) and craving _____" how many weeks you are and what you re craving is based on your birth month and the day you were born. It claims in the actual chain letter that it is in support and to raise awareness for breast cancer, but please tell me how fooling people into thinking you are pregnant for a moment is doing that.
Now yes one could argue that "well there are a ton of people talking about how absurd it is and has nothing to do with breast cancer and they are now talking about it, so it technically is raising awareness" and yes on that one point it is true. But seriously if you really want to effectively support and raise awareness for breast cancer survivors/research/and those fighting it just be straight forward about your post. Post statistics of how many women & MEN get breast cancer each year. Post about how far treatment has come and what survival rates are now. Sign up for a walk-a-thon and raise money to donate something that actually tells people about it. Not these stupid "games" that I truly feel are just to confuse the boys. Which also doesn't make sense to me because men can fall victim to breast cancer as well. And if you are trying to actually raise awareness about something why keep people in the dark about it?
I recall when the first chain letter for breast cancer awareness started. Girls would post the color of the bra that they were wearing. Again it's stupid to me but at least I can see how that more so relates to breast cancer (looking at it in the "I'm lucky to be wearing a bra because some women have to have mastectomy" way.) The ones that have followed with talking about where you put your purse when you get home, your shoe size, and now "being pregnant" have nothing to do with it.
I feel that this particular "game" though is worse than the rest because I have people I care about who are being hurt by it. Maybe that doesn't make sense to you but think about it like this. You are a grieving mother who has recently (or even not recently but still grieving) suffered the loss of a child specifically while pregnant you are heartbroken and want nothing to do with anything baby or pregnancy related. Then you log onto your facebook and are hit in the face with 6 or 7 friends in a row all posting this "game". Since you don't know that it's a game you have to assume that they are in fact _____ number of weeks pregnant and this is how you are finding out about it. Obviously this "game" was not intended to be hurtful to those in this above mention situation but it is.
So if you have a facebook and want to really bring awareness to breast cancer post a real status about it or a support ribbon not these stupid "games".
*Sorry for my pregnancy scatter brain the post is jumping cause of that*