We have all seen the updates on Facebook and Twitter. Long threads of copied and pasted statuses that always have the same format: the setup, the sob story and then the request, something to the effect of “If 1 million people repost this, Little Sally will get a new kidney.” If you are one of the people who incessantly repost these, I am here to say that the only way this helps is if someone saw the status and decided to give up their kidney.
It’s hard to back up criticisms that say that the “I Heart Boobies” movement sexualizes a disease that targets a sexual part of the body, but the products certainly trivialize it. Sure, they raise money that is donated to breast cancer research and prevention education, but at what cost? The Keep-A-Breast Foundation has created popular products, but at the expense of the seriousness of their cause.