LET’S TALK: BOOBS

It is important that even when it isn’t Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we continue to talk about those sacks of fat, glands and tissue hanging from our chest. We also need to talk about our boobs as a whole from breast cancer to how they look and how we are perceived in society because of them. With men leading the world of science, there is very little research into women’s body parts.

Breast Cancer Awareness

That is why we still need to be talking and learning about our boobs. We need to educate women (and men as they can get it too) on the signs and symptoms and normalise us checking our boobs regularly. You are never “too young” to check so get feeling your breast and armpit up to your collarbone to check. The BBC uses lemons to explain how signs of breast cancer can look and feel, so go have a look.

Our boobs can change how they feel at different times of the month. They may be more lumpy before you come on your period or when you go through menopause be more soft. So know your boobs and what is normal and what isn’t . You should be an expert in all things boob!

They Come In All Different Shapes and Sizes

Not all boobs look like the perfect, perky boobs you see in films and on models. Every woman’s boobs are different and we need to celebrate that. BOOBS SAG – it’s not a revelation and not something that should be looked down on. Not all boobs are symmetrical, one is often bigger than the other and may even have different size nipples. Most women are ashamed of their nipples and even cover them when around other women and FRIENDS?? I have never understood why women are made to feel ashamed of their nipples and why they’re sexualised but men’s aren’t. The only difference is women’s actually serve the purpose of breast feeding.

The shame placed upon women who get their boobs out in public for breast feeding is ridiculous. Once a lovely gentlemen thought I would blush at even the mention of breast feeding so avoided saying the words all together! If your baby wants feeding – feed your baby, I don’t care if we are sat in the middle of a restaurant. People really need to learn to not stare when they do so they feel more comfortable. To summarise, FREE THE NIPPLE.

Don’t Sexualise Me

I found as soon as I grew boobs it was all people saw when they first met me. If I wore a low cut top people called me a slut or made comments, even if a girl with smaller boobs was wearing the same top and was told she looked nice. I know some people didn’t realise how much this affected me and thought they were being funny but it made me resent my body and still to this day I sometimes feel awkward showing cleavage. Due to boobs being so sexualised it made me a target to a lot of unwanted attention. This also includes weird and rude men cat-calling me and making sexual comments when I was too young to ever be spoken about like that. Pretty much every woman I know has been cat-called at some point in their life, been made to feel uncomfortable in what they’re wearing or even been followed by men.

Having big boobs instantly becomes your nickname and they always seem to become a topic in a conversation. Unless you’re one of my close friends and I joke about them with you, then please don’t make jokes. People always say how jealous they are of me but they don’t have to carry them around every day causing me serious neck, back and shoulder pain. It’s nice that people think they look nice and could be jealous but why is it women always want what they don’t have? I wish I had smaller boobs!! However, I’m learning to love every inch of my body, and even if I do want to have a breast reduction one day, I am happy I was blessed to be a woman with a great pair of knockers.

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