Some of you may have guessed just by reading the title of this post what it’s going to be about. If you’re not on Facebook (and why aren’t you?! The rest of the world is already there…) I’ll bring you up to speed.
Last week, a Facebook message went around between thousands of women asking them to post their bra color in their Facebook status. I noticed a bunch of statuses popping up in my feed simply saying “white,” “beige,” etc. After seeing a bunch of different statuses like that with no explanation, I explored and discovered what it was all about. Needless to say, it was more than a little awkward.
I didn’t think much about it afterward until I ran across this article from Boundless Line. I thought it made a really good point that I’m sure many women who participated in the campaign didn’t even consider:
It happened last night. A Facebook friend sent me a message asking me to post the color of my bra as my Facebook status. She said it was for “breast cancer awareness,” and that women everywhere were doing it. She finished by saying something like, “Won’t it be funny to have all our guy friends eventually wonder why we have colors listed as our statuses?”
Um, actually I can think of funnier things. But that’s probably not the point. I’m all for breast cancer awareness. And female solidarity is fun. And bras are totally useful. Not to mention they come in a multitude of colors and patterns; I saw one with skulls the other day … just sayin’.
But when I received my friend’s message last night, I immediately thought two things:
1) This campaign was probably started not by altruistic cancer-warriors, but by a pervy teenage boy.
2) It would take men everywhere about 1.5 minutes or less to figure out what this is about and unwittingly become privy to the underwear choices of the ladies in their lives. Let’s see … what guy friends do I have on Facebook? Boundless listeners and readers for sure. Friends from church. Coworkers and colleagues. My brother. My boss. My PASTOR.
I decided pretty quickly that none of these dudes need to know what color bra I’m wearing. Ever.
They certainly don’t need to be picturing me in said bra. And they don’t need to be fighting against the urge to do so. What are we thinking, ladies?! “Hey girls, let’s kick off 2010 by putting inappropriate images in men’s minds in the name of a wonderful cause!”…
By Lisa Anderson. Read the rest here.
I throw this out there merely as food for thought. What do you think? Share your thoughts below.