I found this picture some days ago, while surfing through my blogroll.
It’s a picture that makes me smile every time I see it. It’s natural, funny, and refreshing.
I like it because these are women like myself (normal), and they’re not afraid of doing something like that because they freaking want to, only because they lack model bodies – full, symetrical breasts with incredibly flat waists and a perfect tan.
I like it because they can use parts of their body in a fun way without hypersexualising them…
Look! their boobs are on public view! They’re out there! Hide them! You are disrespecting yourselves and tempting men!
I was recently reading a local magazine that featured a muslim woman defending their use of the Hijab (wish I could find the article online! Grrr! Sorry). I am not going to get deep into this, I’m NOT going to talk about the religion or the culture. I just wanted to note something the woman said about the Hijab. She basically says that by covering all her grown female parts, (mouth and ears included) she’s making sure that whenever she talks, people are paying attention to her words and not her sexuality.
Another article says:
“A female doctor, writer, electrician or plumber may be appreciated in the work environment for her skill, but is still basically seen as “just a woman.” But put her in Hijab so that what makes her a woman cannot be appraised and all of a sudden you are dealing with a person...”
Of course I’d hate to be treated as “just a woman“. I live in a culture that has lots of residual sexism in the minds of the average person. The housewife, the mother, the fragile rose that needs to be protected, cared for and marked as part of the territory. Women like to be roses and men like to own them.
I absolutely hate this, and it’s partly why I often feel like a stranger in this Latino culture I don’t belong to. But that’s another topic.
In my opinion; It is the sexist mindset, not the fact that I am a woman what would cause people to see me as “just a woman“.
Why would I ever have to hide it? And isn’t hiding it in such an active way actually highlighting the fact that there’s something forbidden in there?
That doesn’t mean I will post my boobs out here, or go outside in a see-through baby doll with fleshy glossy lips. (Hypersexualised me… I’ll leave that for other times… when I’m looking for a sexual objective).
I’m a female human. I have arms, legs eyes and boobs (o.O mind-blowing!) among a hundred other organs. I could wish that looking at boobs was as normal as looking at hands…
Of course, in most human cultures, the breasts are sexual… and that’s cool. But are they ONLY sexual? The lips and tongue can be sexual and can be a BIG part of sexuality. But, when you’re speaking or eating, are they sexual? (well, I don’t know what you’re into).
Some people tend to be very wary of women breastfeeding. But babies need to eat whenever they’re hungry, so the boob is going to pop out and scare you if you’re not expecting it. “Boobs are only sexual” comes into your unconcious mind, and this thought, plus the sight of a baby and milk and sucking will make it Gross for you.
Boobs can be beautiful in a very artistic way. Interesting shadows and lights. A very nice composition. I wouldn’t mind to be the model of this photo, and I wouldn’t feel like my privacy has been taken or that I’m being immoral or that I objectizise women or myself.
Boobs can also be left out for some fun whenever we want to, not sexual.
And finally, if we do want to use them in a sexual way, well, bring it on!