Opinion: On Breast Friends

I was reading the November issue of Madison when I came across an article written by the outspoken Mia Timpano about the relationship women have with their boobs. It just so happens at the time I wasn’t wearing a bra when I looked down at the protruding globes hanging off my chest.

I have always had a funny relationship with my breasts. One minute I want to put on my push up bra and show a little cleavage, and the next minute I want to slap on a minimising bra and cry in a corner with a bucket of Ben and Jerry’s.

I have also been the subject of many a big-breasted nickname, including (but certainly no limited to) ‘Tits McGee’, ‘Big Boobs’ and ‘Tim and Tam’ (don’t ask me why). It is this intense scrutiny that prompted a promise to myself…that once these saggy suckers have gone through breastfeeding they are due for a little  lift and tuck. It seems though, that it is not just we big-breasted ladies who cop scrutiny and criticism for their assets…the worst part is that it is often other women that pass judgement on something that we all know is a natural part of becoming a woman. I have come across so many women who also obsess over their flat chests; their so-called ‘mosquito bites’, ‘little nips’ and ‘boy chests’.

When I began researching for this article, little did I know that it had been fifty years since the first breast surgery procedure was performed (on a dog might I add). But more importantly – the number of women getting breast surgery in this day and age is rising faster than you can say YOLO.

A recent study in the Australian Readers Digest What women think of their breasts – asked Australian women, both flat chested and buxom and everything in-between, to reveal their opinions about their bosom buddies. The results show that a miniscule four per cent of the total 500 respondents felt their breasts were ‘sexy’; and at least one in every two women would, if money wasn’t and issue, consider breast cosmetic surgery. Women in the study also used words like ‘droopy’, ‘unattractive’ and ‘dissatisfied’ to describe their breasts. After seeing these shocking figures my heart began to sink. Why does the size and shape of our breasts have much control over our self worth?

Natalee Woods, a former bra fitter and author of the upcoming book Boob Job – explains her years of observing women’s relationships with their breasts. The book is a memoir of her years as a bra fitter, and the heartbreak of coming across several women with a lack of self-respect for their breasts. She recalls how some women would cry, walk out and even get angry in the change room. Nonetheless the book does shine light on women who bared confidence when faced with their breast friends in front of a mirror. The kind of women who would jiggle their jugs with pride and accept them for what they are.

Which is why ladies… I think it’s about time we celebrate our breasts! We need to embrace their diversity; we need to look at them, love them and flaunt them.

The time has come where we need to give our own boobs some ego – and stop cutting ourselves open and filling them up to look like circus tits. I’d like to say hi-five to the women that are making a stand. Hollywood actress Keira Knightley flatly refused to allow any digital manipulation to enhance her breasts in the publicity photos for her movie “The Duchess”. Since then Knightley has proudly insisted that her figure, including her small boobs, stay in its natural state. Other big stars have also made a name for themselves in the business despite their small feminine friends. Kate Moss, Olivia Palermo, Kate Hudson, Milla Jovovich and Natalie Portman have all proudly gone starker’s for the camera. Not to mention the big-brested ladies: Sophia Vergara, Christina Hendricks, Marilyn Munroe, Scarlett Johansen and Sophia Loren, who take pride in flaunting their assets. As Marilyn Munroe once put it ‘Big breasts, big ass, big deal’.

I think it’s fair to say that if women choose to take the path to surgery that’s fine, I’m not to sit here and dictate what anyone should do with their breast- as I mentioned, my insecurities about my own breasts certainly made be consider surgery. However what I can say is that confidence oozes sexiness, and that is far cheaper than the $10,000 price tag to buy some self-esteem. If they’re literally down to my knees by the time I’m forty, then I might reconsider!

For now, I think  it’s about time we go out there and celebrate the diversity of our miraculous breasts! Now excuse me while I sit back and enjoy a cup of tea with my best friend Tits McGee.

 

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30 Comments

  • Reply yslyenom Monday 31st March, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Interesting

  • Reply dj23249 Friday 21st March, 2014 at 4:43 am

    Love to get the girls out when I can but thy aren’t that big

  • Reply bubble_n_squeak51 Thursday 29th August, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Here Here!!!

  • Reply Danaplatt Tuesday 11th June, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Love this

  • Reply BellaB Saturday 19th January, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    It’s a challenge some days.

  • Reply yslyenom Saturday 15th December, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Interesting read

  • Reply Claireo Tuesday 11th December, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Embrace our breasts!

  • Reply fifi73 Tuesday 11th December, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you, what a well written article! I have always thought that us women are always our own worst enemies….. I’m not saying that I’m 100% comfortable with my body shape, but I’m getting there slowly…. 😉

  • Fashionista8P
    Reply Fashionista8P Tuesday 11th December, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Great article. Everyone should be happy with themselves as they are.

  • Reply amanda6393 Tuesday 11th December, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Fantastic article! Yet another thing the media influences….

  • Reply dj23249 Tuesday 11th December, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Interesting read

  • Reply detailed Tuesday 11th December, 2012 at 12:30 am

    I love this article 🙂 I agree, me and my boobs have some issues we need to sort out, but we’re still the best of friends.

  • lanalang
    Reply lanalang Tuesday 11th December, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Great article!

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Monday 10th December, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I like it that Keira Knightley is satisfied with what she’s got. I think Karla says it all when she says that confidence oozes sexiness.

  • Reply cindyhu_1234 Monday 10th December, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    great article!

  • Reply AmberB Monday 10th December, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Great article

  • Reply yslyenom Monday 10th December, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Thank you for the article.

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Monday 10th December, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Breast surgery certainly has increased in the last few years

  • Reply Jane Monday 10th December, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    We are all the way we are meant to be – embrace yourself.

  • DearMonet
    Reply DearMonet Monday 10th December, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Too funny!!!!!:-)

  • Reply Ian Monday 10th December, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    very interesting

  • Trish_D
    Reply Trish_D Monday 10th December, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I would LOVE bras to be made by REAL WOMEN who don’t fit a AA size!

  • Reply foxoduck Monday 10th December, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Interesting to have a pic of Blake Lively and her VERY fake boobs!

  • Reply ichigolove01 Monday 10th December, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Great post. It really is a funny relationship when it comes to girls and the breast friends.

  • newbie
    Reply newbie Monday 10th December, 2012 at 11:23 am

    GREAT ARTICLE!

  • Reply godsaur Monday 10th December, 2012 at 11:20 am

    awesome:)

  • Jane Hollier
    Reply Jane Hollier Monday 10th December, 2012 at 11:07 am

    LOVE Keira Knightley for not wanting her chest to be Photoshopped and enhanced. Awesome article!

  • Reply Whatthe Monday 10th December, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I wouldn’t have wanted to be given anything different.

  • Reply vikki18 Monday 10th December, 2012 at 10:50 am

    sexy

  • Reply BellaB Monday 10th December, 2012 at 10:49 am

    It’s complicated, but I do think confidence gets easier with age.

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