Monday, January 11, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness And Facebook


8 Jan was the "Breast Cancer Awareness Day" and true to the nature of the young generation they leapt into action (pun intended). I logged into my facebook account only to confront the horrors of the effect of americanisation of indian culture and our blind aping of the west. The girls on Facebook had updated their statuses with the colour of their bra.


black and silver!!!!


i guess 39


PINK... LOL....


36 ... :) !!!


pink n grey...!!!!


Brown:-)


palatinate purple, dark lavender, blackkkk nd grey


This was an elegant awe-inspiring and brave move on part on the part of the ladies. Not only this selfless, courageous move will change the world and enlighten the world about breast cancer. It will change the world of social awareness. These girls who I'm sure would hardly know anything about breast cancer (symptoms and effects) and would have done nothing, absolutely NOTHING for social causes felt so much for the cause that so many of them updated the colour of their undergarmets in front of everyone.

What greater breast awarness can you give by telling the whole boys community that you are wearing a black or pink bra.? This is disgusting to say the least. What accolades do these girls expect? They are really "cool". How "cool" is it anyway? How hip, posh and fashionable? So Elle, Cosmopolitan reading, shopping malls addict, lifestyle obsessed generation who have one aim of life: to be cool by aping the west(amreeka to be precise). To be "in" is more important than to be right and logical.

It were the Detroit women who started it all. Girls in India who are cynical about about the "attitude" of indian men were never to be left behind and informed the indian men about their bra-colour sense.

I have written for women issues on this blog and other websites. I have seen government-sponsored billboards of breast awarness showing breasts at crossroads. The art-pieces of Raja Ravi Varma may show women with bare breasts but it enhances the beauty of the women not degrades it. You cannot put Savita Bhabhi comic-art and the nude paintings of Amrita Shergil on the same plate and say they show the same thing.

The intention is the important factor in your actions. Wearing a red ribbion for AIDS-awarness makes sense. Voting for a better Government makes sense. Visiting orphanage makes sense. But please in the garb of a serious issue of Breast Cancer Awareness don't fulfill your sexual fantasies.





painting by raja ravi varma

30 comments:

Meow said...

Well said... Even I felt the same way.. Many people sent me a forward asking me to update the color.. but I din... am totally against such a cranky thing...

Meow said...

Your template is very cute Parv :) I like the change :) :)

sweetmango said...

I agree Parv, so much more could be done about raising awareness, such as posting links on self examination etc. Lets hope that they dont learn the hard way, by suffering the illness to learn the folly of the errors (era's)pun intended LOL.
I like the new look blog too! Very smooth.
xxsm

Indrayani said...

Thankgod someone wrote about the stupid thing going around!
I got a similar email but ofcourse, it was beyond me to follow it thru...
Thankfully i dont see anyone in my FB list following it.....

And ya, I like this template way better than the last one...
:)

Siddhesh 'Ravan' Kabe said...

a girl changed 3 colors in a single day...:P

Indians really have no brain...:P

lafemmereva said...

very good artice PK....What next are the hippies gona do? Detail the colour of their undies for WORLD AIDS day? :P

Priya said...

Very nice lay out. Yep totally:)

Himanshu said...

nice one you know in india one of cause of breast realted disesases is that their have to wear wet bra and due to shy they cant be able to put their vests in open so as they get dry
its a shame this reserved is totally scrap

Parv Kaushik said...

@meow thnk god some ppl like you have some sense left!! i tght all girls have gone nuts!!!

glad you liked the new template!!! :)

Parv Kaushik said...

@sweetmango i sahre the same views... more could be done by posting links!! and thnk you!!!

Parv Kaushik said...

@indrayani then you must be having some very nice friends on the friend list!!! lolzzzz... thnk u!

Parv Kaushik said...

@Ravan its more life lifestyle obsession! exotic colour to show some terrific sense of fashion!!

Parv Kaushik said...

@lafemmereva they are uploading colours size... thn wht pics for us too see??? man its disgusting!

Parv Kaushik said...

@priya thank you priya!! long time no see!!

Parv Kaushik said...

@himanshu i absolutely had no idea on that one!! maybe such information can help women (and men) but how can the colours!!!

BK Chowla said...

May be in India we are not ready for this yet.
It could have been handled better and differently.

wecognize said...

Hi Parv, after a long time I am blogging back.I agree with what you said in this post. The main reason why I agree is because most girls seemingly did not have the "right intentions" and it was apt to call that behavior "aping". It was the lack of intentions that made this act very cheap ! And then activism has to be take place in light of the culture of that given place.

Pratyush said...

these girls need 2 get a life.....well said parv....felt d same..seriously wanted to reply a similar kinda story 4 all d "bra color" comments on fb !! wish dey knew how 2 really help 4 d cause !!!

Anonymous said...

i have read your blog many a times, and have hated it. i am not sure if its your writing style or your self-righteous attitude. putting up colored tags by women symbolized their awareness about the cancer( symptoms and effects) and i think u shouldn't be judging female awareness on this matter by closely observing a group of wannabees, as we don't judge all men from the behavior of some rowdy roadside morons.
even i believe more could be done should be done but 'journey begins from a single step'.


PS: as sulmaan rushdie once quoted its easy not to get offended by a book. just shut it down. i shall do the same.

Ria said...

hey well said Parv...even i was shocked 2 c gurls doin such things publicaly includin sum of ma frends.i also got da mail but it was a disgustin way 2 spread cancer awereness huh!!...its actually SAD!! .......Anjana

DT said...

thanks for the follow

Parv Kaushik said...

@wecognize welcome back to blogging!! you have added a very meaningful thought here... in light of the culture activism has to take place! i wish i could post it here for everyone!

Parv Kaushik said...

@pratyush yes i know it left a bad taste in my mouth after reading all this.... i wanted to do the same but i knew i would be termed as moralistic right winged fundamentalist!!!

Parv Kaushik said...

@anonymous hate is strong word to feel for a docile person like me... lolzzz!

"putting up colored tags by women symbolized their awareness"
~it wasnt just tags it were bra colours... symbolized couldnt you find a better "symbol"???

"shouldn't be judging female awareness on this matter by closely observing a group of wannabees"
~point well made and well noted... m not judging all females by a small group.. most of the girls didnt update and ignored the trend. i am writing my views on the rest few.

'journey begins from a single step'
~that single step must be in the correct direction though!

you may do as you please!!!

love,
Parv Kaushik

Parv Kaushik said...

@anjana thank you for feeling the same i thght i am the lone warrior againt this thing! but thnk god a lot of ppl have come forward to support my views!!

Parv Kaushik said...

@DT no prblm u deserved it!

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Breast Cancer Awareness said...

Breast cancer is something that we have to constantly be on the lookout for. It afflicts over a million people a year and there are different forms of cancer that come up. Every year we are familiar with breast cancer awareness month, but there are ways to help fight the cause of breast cancer all year ‘round.

Parv Kaushik said...

@alena thnk u keep visiting!!

Parv Kaushik said...

@breast cancer awareness yes i agree with you tht you were trying to make people aware...but some of the people in my vicinity didnt take it that way!!