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Yesterday the women did something.

Now, stop right there, you’re saying. The women? Just the women? But what about the men?

They weren’t included, and here’s why:

Some fun is going on for breast cancer awareness … just write the color of your bra in your status. Just the color. Nothing else. Send this ONLY to girls. No men. It will be neat to see if this spreads the wings of cancer awareness. It’ll be fun to see how long it takes for the men to wonder why all the girls have a color in their status. Ha!

Oh, I know, I know, men can get breast cancer, too.* I hear that one enough during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. But this wasn’t about you, this was about us, and we were having fun with it.

I think it’s the fun that’s the problem. A bunch of women spent yesterday giggling over a secret and complimenting or teasing each other about some of the wilder color choices. (Personally, I was inspired to go shopping for some more interesting bras because my basic black paled in comparison to some of my friends.) And maybe some women thought to give themselves an exam in the shower this morning, or remembered to make an appointment for their physical or mammogram. And maybe some women got saved. Wouldn’t that be great?

Today, the men did something.

Not all of them, just the two admins and however many of the 11,692 members of the Facebook group “Women, stop posting colours as your statuses and get back in the kitchen” are also male. And don’t think I’m ignoring the female members of this group, either.

Oh, you have no sense of humor. Can’t you see it’s a joke?

Well, no. I can’t. Not when it comes to photos like this:

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11,692 people think that sort of thing is funny. They were so bothered by women posting “beige” or “white” or even “zebra” as their status, so left out of the secret, or so disturbed by the idea that women freely discussed their bras, that they struck back with “jokes” that advocate violence and blame the victims of that violence.

So yesterday the women did something. And today someone struck back. How does that make you feel?

*In 2007, 450 men were expected to die from breast cancer in comparison to 40,460 women. Source: Breast Cancer Facts and Figures 2007-2008, American Cancer Society.

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Written by tldegray

January 9, 2010 at 2:50 am

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    Black. « TLDeGray

    January 9, 2010 at 2:55 am

  2. I thought it was underwear.

    Richard Jobity

    January 9, 2010 at 9:34 am

  3. But yes, that does smack of ITG syndrome. Sad fellows.

    Richard Jobity

    January 9, 2010 at 9:35 am

  4. I was really impressed by the way the meme spread so far and so quickly without there being a specific application for it. Was it just spread by FB message?

    Then, of course, once the guys figured it out, the fun and games started, ie. a couple of guys I know posted their supposed bra colours. I thought that was annoying, especially when they got defensive about being called out for it. But no big deal.

    I hadn’t heard about this anti-bra colour group until now and am gobsmacked that they are posting those kinds of photos. Disgusting.


    January 11, 2010 at 2:01 am

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