Sunday, January 10, 2010

Why just colour, we need the size too!!

Im keeping myself out from the Facebook fun these days. The only reason for that is my increasing love for twitter as a social network. Its simple, fun and useful in many ways than facebook. For example, if i have a problem in ubuntu, twitter status update is the best way to get the problem solved. If you want to check out a film before you actually watch it, a simple twitter search would allow you to know how the people all over the world from diffrent walks of life think about it.

Well, the preference for a social network depends on who you are, what you want and how many kilobytes of personal information you want to be leaked into the cyber space(and not to mention, the type of internet connection you have:P). I wrote a whole blog post on this issue and unfortunately, the recent ubuntu Vs XP issue in the home computer vandalised all the words, commas, fullstops and pictures beyond recovery :(

Fortunately, @ranmalee tweeted this post from Techcrunch about "twitter and how it is better than any other social networking services". So as a replacement post, read this and contemplate. After all, most of the ideas presented are similar to mine:)

eh, that is past and these days I see most of the women updating colors as their status updates!! I was wondering what the hell has happened to facebook or my lady friends there. In about 5 simple hours, my sms inbox was full of more than ten colour messages. In another few hours, mashable unveils behind the scene story as usual.

WTF, it is considered to make the whole world aware of the so called breast cancer. yeah, true it is a deadly disease, let alone just breast cancer, the whole disease called cancer is a freaky ghost. But how does the knowledge of one's bra color help to bring breast cancer awareness? In my idea, this colorful status trend of faceBook is nothing but a way to let the whole world know how many you-know-whats a particular woman has, the colour she prefers and according to some web sites, the colour describes how she feels. (link via @Binku)

Or else, the brain of this stupid godaya girl has no enough power to process the colourful information and decipher out the hidden breast cancer awareness message in facebook updates.

After all, this is another crazy trend started by guys/girls from a world where the people have thosand and one chances to see not only the bra colours but also bikini colors, boxer colors and thong colors. They won't mind somebody posting her bra colour as the status message. Well that is their culture.

halooo, welcome to Sri Lanka. Girls are supoosed to hide their bra using all types of under clothing available. When a bra is washed, grand moms want us to hang it in a place where the male family memebers would not see. If the bra strap is visible to the outside, even the girls with a modern mind set would feel embarassed and what if a guy or a girl in the bus stares at such a visible bra strap (which often happens in Sri Lankan busses) ? ahah, there you got it. No need to explain the feeling right?

So, how come all such girls publicly shouting out the colour of their under garment? oh, people forgeot to mention another thing, although now a widely known secret, it was first thought to be a "girl only secret" in Facebook. Here is one of the emails I received.

Its just a little fun for us girls only..Each of you write on your status what
colour your bra is..Nothing else, just the colour.... Then send this by private
message ONLY, 2 all the females on ur friends list.. Lets see how quickly we can
spread the wings of cancer awareness, and see how confused all the men get when
they see just a colour as our status...Take care

However, as one unfaithful woman of the pack has unveiled the secret to web, "the guys" got to know the secret in no time.

Now imagine a guy seeing "red" as the status of the most innocent girl in his faceBook friend list. I bet 10000000000000000000 dollers that his mind's eye pictures the girl in a red bra in no time. the image may erase itself in seconds or sometimes, it may be carved in the brain for days ; who knows, according to our Psychology lessons, typical male mind runs wild even after a simple stimuli. Of course, a stimuli may differ from person to person. For some, it would be just fun; fun to know something that a typical Sri Lankan girl would usually tag as too personal and keep as a secret. just imagine,

In facebook::
a guy writes "what is the colour of the bra you are wearing now?" in a random girl's wall.
The girl replies "WTF???$%^$%$$###@#@#@#$#@#@^(" and she would be no more in that particular guy's friend list

In real life::
A guy walks to a girl he knows and asks "what is the colour of the bra you are wearing now"
what would be the reply?? up to you to imagine !!

probably not positive right? and if in any case she replied with a color, she would be labled the "slut", or the "pros"

And now, thanks to this stupid breast cancer awareness programm, you are being the laughing stock of guys.

Im sure this color scenario would be one of the hot secret topics among guys (girls) tomorow, at work, school or uni.

"you know, she loves black it seems, she wore 4 blacks and 2 pinks over the week. so if you are planning to give her a gift, remember to buy a black one"

"yakoo imagine X in a dark yellow. yuck I would throw out right in her face!!"

"ooooi, all the other girls in the batch had colorful ones but X has only one color. Poor kella machan"

"it was fun to see how many bras a girl would change during a day"

"Munta lajja nadda manda mewa eli pita kiyanna (aren't they ashamed to say things like this in public)"

"You should have been on FaceBook man, weekend was damn funny, it was like how many bras, colors you have game among girls. This is the high time you create a FB account. who knows what would be the next :O"

Imagine how a boy friend would feel when his friends crack jokes on the color of his girl's bra.

How bad an ego of a Sri Lankan husband be hurt when he gets to know the color of wife's bra over FaceBook?

Finally, the breast cancer awareness turn out to be a joke. Frankly, how many of you guys or girls were tempted to raise awareness of breast cancers as a result of the color wave in facebook? Let alone raise awareness, did you atlest (happen to) read one article on how to prevent breast cancers or on the major causes of breast cancer ? In my case no. I was just educating myself about the colors of "those" and also learned that a bra involves some Newtonian physics. (link via @chanux )

I have no idea of the western world. However, for the average Sri Lankan, this would sure have been a big surprise bra color party.

so, girls, one humble request, think twice before a Fb status update again

One word again, all the above are my ideas in my world, if you think otherwise, you are free to leave a sarcastic comment or a laugh on me and my stupid brain

PS1: I know this is rediculous. but this is my crazy expalanation for the color wave in FB status:P
After seeing so many colorful bikinis during the summer, a group of guys have a thirst to know the bra color of their lady friends during the winter; may be to do a research on the underwear color preferences of women over season, who knows, these days people do weird researches:D

One comes with this magical idea of creating a female FaceBook profile and sending a secret message to all the women in the area asking them to update the color.

And Wow, the research questionnaire is filled by millions in minutes. nice!!

And what if they wanted to do a research on the breast size too? nicer no???

PS2. just got to know from a guy that the newest trend of the FaceBook girls is to update their hair style as the status. That is better than the bra idea anyway


  1. Yes I find twitter (with the right audience) a better way to communicate. Faster Easier but credibility now that's a question mark. Then again that’s not the point here.
    I myself was bit confused on how the awareness for breast cancer could be communicated via the colour of the bra. Argued myself, since I have heard that correct use of the bra and breast exercise prevents breast cancer, may be the colour matter too?
    Or may be who ever claimed that they started this campaign, wanted to see the hype of user created content marketing wanted to create a buzz. The correct thing to do in my view is, as and when they were asking the ladies to post the colour of the bra, they could have mention the motivation or the reason as to why they should post the colour of something that you wear and pin its strap to the blouse so your male colleagues will not see.
    Reading the message that you have posted up here does not seems to serve that purpose but to arouse males (or other females who are clueless)

    Now the better question is, will we do anything just because it’s trendy? I mean colour of the bra was a trend (in twitter it should have being Trending Topic with a #).
    Did it have a purpose? Some may have posted the colour to create awareness. And if so, did you search the web and see how many in the world are actually suffering from Breast cancer? Is there a cure yet? What should we do to prevent it? Did you edify your other male and female friends/colleagues/relatives?

    Or just went with the flow and had a good laugh?

    Thanks for the post Deeps.

  2. The whole campaign is stupid and didn't really serve the _rumored_ purpose. But in stupidity, the campaign is not alone.

    Friends bra color being a hot topic among under cover guys talks is shameful. All the innocent and direct jokes are ok IMO. But seriously, the bra color being a cause for an insult? totally unacceptable.

    If some girl joined this thinking guys are not gonna get the word sooner or later, she would face even worse troubles on this *evilnet*.

    Counting how many bras a girl has, predicting her likes/unlikes with the colors and all those are stuff that I would never think of. I don't think facebook makes it that easy to retrieve all that data in a viable amount since it's is more restrictive unlike twitter.

    And also a measure of a girls mindset using her bra color would not be something, someone serious is going to take. Anyway that's my opinion molded in little info I know about bras and stuff :)

  3. Deeps I totally agree the whole bra thing served no purpose.
    On that same note, I really don't think just because a girl posted 'Hot Pink' as her status update, guys would be salivating and keeping tabs on how many colours she has! I'm with chanux on this one!
    Oh I guess for teenagers this would be quite exciting - but for people in their twenties and older? Nah I dont think so.

  4. @rannelee

    Arousal (I mean sexual) with a bra strap?

    Holy moly! Either average Lankan men have superb sexual health level or I have to see a doc very soon :D

    I repeat the campaign was kinda stupid but it lead me to check a bit more about breast cancer.

    So I found some good resources and actually shared on twitter and facebook.

    See some stats about breast cancer here :

    And see how creative this campaign is ^_^ :

  5. @Chanux arouse the "curiosity" not sexual arousal. Guess I should have being more specific. Plus I was referring to the content of the message (see in Deeps post) nothing about the bra strap. I mean seriously :)

    And I do not see it as a insult. My question is did it actually created the awareness? Good for you if you did convince those around you.

  6. @rannelee

    Oops sorry for misinterpreting the whole arousal thing as your opinion :)

    And this...
    "ooooi, all the other girls in the batch had colorful ones but X has only one color. Poor kella machan"

    ...really sound an insult IMO. (Or if it's meant to be a joke, it's really a bad one.)

  7. This is really insane. Regardless of the initial purpose of this campaign this has become a game between youth. It’s really embarrassing when I see SL gals too become a victim of this bullshit idea.

    I am not aware of how bra colour deal with breast cancer. Anyway if this has become a fact to byte gals in public mentioning how many bras she has and that colours, this is freakingly sucks!!!

    If girls really need to socialize this why not mentioning the size too with colour as Deeps say, or may be wearing only bra might be better without a top. ;)
    So you don't need to trouble updating your FB status.. :D

  8. wel akki the goal of this campaign is to let people think about there breast for a second.and this is a UK based campaign not a worldwide thing . but i dont know why sri lankan's did the same. they want people to think about there breast for a second .they are marking cancer actually then they want people to think like,ah i have this .oh i might have this. i should see a doc.or what is this breast cancer any way ? then they have to pay some money and do a check up. then let's say 1/25 has a cancer so thats business.
    and in another way many people dont know much about breast cancer.they want to pass this message to the this is a creative way. FOR UK not for sri lanka. people talk about this campaign, and its 1000 times better than putting an ad on tv saying be aware hope you have seen the celinco ad in tv the breast thing.
    soo what i am saying is for UK this is a excellent campaign its powerful and cost effective ,

  9. @chanux :) and got the "Insult" part :)

  10. Hi. I am an American grandmother who was raised by my parents to respect myself. No matter where we come from, this self-respect extends to your treatment of other people, too. (which would include not sharing the color of your underwear to the public!) I hope you don't think all American women are as crude as some act today. There needs to be decorum in our lives, dignity, and self-respect! Thanks for a thought provoking blog.

  11. This campaign is not suitable for Sri Lankan girls and it is not suitable for our culture. But in some countries where the things are very open, this is just another funny thing. It does no harm to their culture. So, as Sri Lankans, we have to to follow the things suitable for our culture and ignore the rest. Thanks for publishing this.

  12. This is a good one. Never thought that such gems of pure sarcasm can come from a Gode Kella from kandy. my bad. One up for KANDY!!!. Come from the same town you see. ;-)

    Neways, keep these coming. Love your take on things. Don't have a blog to brag about it. Neither the time to invest in it. So might as well follow ya on the twitter thingy.