Breasts, I

The subject today is breasts. (That should get the stats up a bit.) I’m inspired to muse on this fascinating part of the female anatomy by Mrs. Victoria Beckham, who visited Vancouver recently with her Spice sisters to kick off their reunion tour. posh.jpgPosh has made the unnaturally pushed-up breast fashionable again. She is rarely seen with her bosom in a relaxed position. Perhaps surgical intervention means that the gravity-defying globe is her new natural position?

That refusal to accept gravity was popular in the seventeenth century, and was achieved by a corset that pushed the breasts up. They were then lightly covered by a flimsy fringe of lace atop the overdress. Very fetching, but it looks rather uncomfortable. How strange that we should have been through an entire feminist revolution where women passionately demonstrated the desire to get away from those kinds of constraints — and now a woman who has enormous amounts of money and is inevitably a role model for young girls chooses this look.


5 thoughts on “Breasts, I

  1. I’ve had similiar thoughts about these so-called role models for young girls. I find it rather sad. These women have the potential to have a powerful positive impact on their young following, but so few choose to step out of the air-head box.

    Hmm. Let me think. Who were the role-models in our day? Were they any better?

  2. I think it is an unholy symbiotic relationship between the airheads and the media. My younger daughter brings InStyle into the house regularly. It is really a horrible magazine: it publishes unflattering photographs, criticizing starlets for being too thin, too fat, or wearing the wrong clothes, and it glorifies other starlets who look just the same as the first batch. It provides a lot of mixed messages, but the basic ones are the same: appearance is everything and keeping up with trends is essential.

  3. Anmaru,
    For one year I was the youth-group leader at a Unitarian church. Each year the youth had to write and execute an entire church service around a theme that was important to them.

    Unitarian kids are raised to think outside the box, and these kids were no exception. They wanted to take a kick at the media and the way it manipulates us, especially our youth. They developed a wonderful service and for one part of it each of them needed to enter the church with clothes on that flashed ‘brand-name’.

    (Now here’s the point of my story. Finally. In case you were wondering.) Not one of those kids had a single article of clothing that was brand-name. At their tender ages they were already bucking the media’s message. They had to borrow clothes from their less-enlighted friends.

    So, it is possible to fight these messages, but it isn’t easy. I’ve had no success with my own kids. Occassionally they have a great teacher who addresses these issues, and that does seem to make a difference. At least for a short while.

  4. Brand-name jeans that cost five times as much as comparable ones without the name! Don’t get me started.

    That year as a youth group leader sounds like a fine thing to do. And I believe that eventually our kids will figure things out for themselves — once they’ve got through the years where it matters so much to belong.

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