Saturday, November 19, 2011

Boobs...

Bangers, knockers, baps, or just plain ol' breasts....  There's a lot of 'em about...

Except there often isn't..!

I'm trying to give up push-up bras, and it ain't easy.  Despite the fact that most fashion models have had teeny weeny tiny little boobs, or none at all, since, well pretty much for ever (or, ok, since the 60s but before that they were all trussed up in corsets) the vast majority of the bras i see in the shops have masses of padding in, even the ones in non-titchy sizes...!  I mean, being a pathetic 32A i have an excuse for the body issues that make me think a load of plastic girdering and foam is a good idea, but in 38DD?  Really?  Are we seriously meant to look like we've had massive silicon implants?

Mind you, walking round my actually-quite-studenty-and-funky-despite-being-a huge-naval-base hometown on a saturday night, apparently you would think so. Big huge silicon looking boobs, and spray painted orange, seems to be the order of the day (and thats just the sailors.  Boom-tish!  Thanks, i'm here all week, try the nut cutlets)...

Well, ok, if that's your thing...  But bodies as fashion items, that's a bit difficult, cos there's not a lot we can do to change them.  Not in a healthy way anyway.  And we're all susceptible to it, however much we don't think we are.  Yes, even you at the back, who's not interested in fashion and not really reading this anyway and all that and everything!

Even refusing to bend to 'their rules' is a statement, we've said that elsewhere.  You have to know what the rules are to disobey them.  And right now, it appears that the 'correct' body is either big boobed barbie doll or Andrej Pejic (sp?) - who despite being put in bridal wear (and looking totally gorgeous) is quite definitely a boy and quite happy about it...

So where do we go?  Well, ok, how about: bodies aren't fashion items?  Good plan, but we may be stuck with the cultural meme that they are.  Learn to like what we've got (and anyone who knows me in real life, feel free to laugh at that)?  Harder but not impossible.  Spend shedloads on plastic surgery?  Not that great an idea.  I mean yeah, i am totally going for botox when i can afford it but there are levels...

So.  The answer is, i don't know.  Hey, what did you expect, do i look like a therapist?  And even if i was, i'd just ask you what you thought and how that made you feel...  All i know is, when i'm having a low confidence day, squeezing my boobs (such as they are) up as far as they go feels better, briefly.  Until i touch the underside and feel foam and not me.  Maybe its like any other addictive comforting behaviour - feels better initially then makes you feel a bit crap...

Maybe we just need to like, y'know, learn to love ourselves, y'know, like, as we are?  And all that?  Whoooaaa....

Yeah.  Gonna happen...  Me?  I'll just flip to google and image search the fabby, tall, angular, androgynous cyclist (oh yeah, and supermodel) Erin o'connor and then practice my pouty face in the mirror...  One good thing, with all these different shapes, there's something out there for everyone to pick up on and run with...  We shouldn't need slebs and fashion to check if we're 'getting it right', but it appears we do.  So, lets play with it instead of letting it batter us, hmmmkay?

Hey, look at that!  Ending on a positive note!  Blimey...

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