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Babblin bout boobs
October 10, 2010, 6:09 pm
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These blog entries by Cuntlove’s Olga Wolstenholme, Cleavage at the Work Place and My Cleavage Strikes Again struck a chord with me. I myself lean towards the larger end of the spectrum, boob-wise and at times have been told that my boobs looked too big, that I was revealing too much.

…Too big? Too much? But they’re just BOOBS. You don’t tell somebody their feet are too big and that they’re showing too much toe, damnit! Well, you might say that but it would make you a complete jerk.

But for some reason, boobs are fair game. Not only can friends and family tell a woman that she should be hiding and ashamed of her own body, but it’s completely sanctioned in the workplace. As Olga put it:

“Sexual harassment laws were put into effects to protect people from unwelcomed leers and jeers and whatnot, but from what I understand they extend to protecting people from unwanted sexually charged environments. Well, when someone brings attention to my breasts by commenting on what I wear, even if it’s to tell me I’m showing too much cleavage, it creates a sexually charged atmosphere that I am uncomfortable with.”

I think she makes a point. After all, at least in Western society, we have an extreme obsession with breasts that makes them sexual and obscene even when a woman dares to breastfeed in public. My feeling is that while boobs can be sexual, most of the time (for me) they simply are there. So for someone to comment on them, even simply to say that they’re too exposed is to impose a sexual context onto my boobs when they and I were running in neutral.

Anyway, after waffling on about how we’re too obsessed with breasts, I drew a picture that kinda reveals my own obsession with them, eh heh! ‘Cos, you know, objectively speaking, boobs are still pretty great!



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“So for someone to comment on them, even simply to say that they’re too exposed is to impose a sexual context onto my boobs when they and I were running in neutral.”


And great drawing by the way.

Comment by Olga Wolstenholme

Thanks lovely!

Comment by Nio

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Jessie, I’m not sure I agree with you, I think in our society certain dressing codes mean certain things. Cleavage covered = work, cleavage uncovered=play. However, it does depend on your line of work, so while it might not be appropriate to wear low cut tops in bank, it might be in a company with a more relaxed dress code and atmosphere, essentially, as long as there’s no dress code per se, you are welcome to wear tops as low as you want.

And while I completely understand your point about not wanting any comments and I agree nobody should be telling you what to wear, I also don’t agree that other people will not see your body as a sexual object. Because they will and they do. Of course, your ears, neck, your hands and feet could all be seen as sexually attractive whether they are covered or not, but yes, your exposed boobs add to the attraction and give your admirers an eyeful of thoughts. Boobs are sexy and exposed boobs surely do stimulate sexy thoughts. They might be neutral to you, but the way that others see them depends on the “eye of the beholder”. Some might dismiss them and treat them as neutral, some might be repulsed and scared by them (BIG BOOBS, I WILL SUFFOCATE UNDER THEM, AAAAH) and yet others will find them infinitely attractive and difficult to look away.

The question of how appropriate or inappropriate and how much to show is a completely different question from neutrality, and depends on the context.

For me personally I don’t have a problem with it, I also have no problem with people being completely nude. I find it difficult to think of sexual organs as “obscene”. However, if we go by the society’s norms of what’s expected there would be a number of situations where low cut tops are not welcome. And yes, it’s stupid, because we can all be down to our undies on the beach.

Comment by Lola

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