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Oct 7th 2010
If I sidled up to you and said, without any context, "I like it under my desk, where my dogs sleep, and I occasionally drop crumbs." or "I like it in the freezer, next to the stiff, dead meat." you'd probably have no idea I was trying to raise awareness about some kind of issue, right, and would instead think I'm some sort of nutter off his meds?
I bring this up because there is this incredibly idiotic meme going around Facebook lately that is doing just that. The idea, for those of you who aren't in the know, is to post the location you like to leave your purse to raise awareness for cervical cancer. What the fuck a purse has to do with a cervix I don't know, I can't claim to own either, but the whole point of this meme-campaign leaves me scratching my head. Three reasons:
1. If you are attempting to raise awareness about an issue, YOU ACTUALLY NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE ISSUE, FFS. A FB comment of "I like it in the garden, beside the radishes, where the bugs are" says nothing about the issue and, as such, will leave people who don't know about the meme completely out of the loop.
2. That being said, how useful is a meme to raise awareness about an issue if the only people who are going to GET the meme are those people WHO KNOW WHAT THE MEME IS ABOUT, i.e. the people who already have an awareness of the issue. Such people, I would think, are not your target audience. People like Jim Bob Herp de'Derp, your old friend from high school, will not have the psychic connection necessary to convert "I like it on a hook, hanging from my wall next to my doll collection" into "Oh, hey, I should be more cognizant about breast/cervix/whatever cancer." It's like telling a joke that you then have to try and explain to your audience because they don't get it.
3. Do you honestly think that what you are doing does a lick of good? Honestly? Does re-posting a meme actually do anything for the issue you are trying to support? Does posting "I like it by the door, except then my gerbils get into it" magically raise money for cancer research? Does posting context-less non-sequitors make people care? Or are you going to post "I like it on the couch, half open with its contents spilling out" and then go right back to playing Farmville while enjoying your sense of pointless, empty good will at your well-intentioned-yet-totally-ineffective gesture?
"But, Ren, I'm just trying to help!" You want to help? How about you actually talk about the issue or toss a fiver to a charity or fund that actually contributes to the issue that you claim to care so much about. Then you're actually doing something.
Oct 7th 2010
This is quite a bit like my response to the underwear meme for breast cancer (I think it was?) research.
People got a bit pissed off at me for pointing out that posting information on the actual subject is probably more beneficial than posting your underwear color or whatever the feck it was.
The meme you posted does sound a bit creepy... and not very helpful.
Oct 7th 2010
This "awareness" nonsense is just a sham to cover what the thing really is: the girls at our high school (now known as facebook) are doing some coy thing so that they feel superior to and get attention from the boys at school.
I was thinking about changing my status yesterday to "I like it in the cesspool that the children of my village are forced to drink fetid water out of. I hope they're lucky enough to survive to an age when they would need to start worrying about cervical cancer," to enhance awareness of things people actually are unaware of...you know, like neglected tropical diseases that kill more children than polite persons like to know.
Oct 7th 2010
My cervix is my purse. my purse for penises.
Yea, I hate those stupid memes and cancer awareness in general where the focus is on sex. It tends to carry the meaning "The loss of a breast is important because it's a breast you could be staring at/fondling/fucking!" as opposed to "this cancer will kill people".
Oct 8th 2010
And yet: it prompted 6 paras from you with plenty of cancer awareness thrown in, has hit news sites with much the same reaction, and I've seen several Twitters about donations in the name of anti-idiocy so.... heh. As meme followers follow-up on other people's responses, they
getting a bit more of a nudge than your average day in Farmville.
Which is pretty much just one of a million reasons I love the internet: You literally can. not. bitch about anything here without validating it.
Nov 3rd 2010
To jump off of what Ariana was saying....
I wonder if you could successfully run a campaign of anti-campaigning... by doing something SO badly that people step up and do what you want them to do out of frustration.
What if the point of this whole "purse" meme actually was to frustrate people like you into saying things like "If you want to raise awareness, you should post links like ___________ and ___________. And just to show them the proper way to do this... i am donating 5 dollars!"?
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