Dictionary definition of breast : either of the two soft, protruding organs on the upper front of a woman’s body
How can a woman’s body part cause such fuss. The dictionary does not define it as : raunchy aspect of a woman’s body that is unacceptable to be seen unless under sexual circumstances. Now, I am not writing this because I want to walk down the street without a t-shirt. I am writing this because it is exhausting to have a section of my body – and that of girls I know and am yet to, so intensely sexualised that we have lost an aspect of our innocence. This sexualisation of boobs is something that I have thought about writing on often, but due to it’s sexual implications (that should not even be present), I was always unsure of whether to draft my thoughts. But then I came across an interview on i-D with Harley Weir, and her ideology around the topic of the female body influenced me to just do it (I wish that wasn’t associated with Nike). The 27 year old photographer aims to capture “the industry’s consciousness through her singular vision of the sensuality and tenderness of the human body. Her work frequently explores nudity without making sex the focus”. This exploring of the innocence and beauty of the body without eluding to something sexual is one of the reasons I fell in love with Harley Weir, both her work and her words.
This is not a post about boys. Why boys have such fascination with two lumps of fat on a woman’s chest is unknown to me, but I guess boys could ask why we like V-lines or collar bones which are like boobs – as in they just ordinary aspects of ones figure. Boys can not be blamed for the excessive sexualisation of boobs. I am not saying it is bad for boys to be attracted to boobs, I am also not saying it is bad to want boys to be attracted to your boobs. But I do not think it is okay to be discriminated against because of this. I think a girl should be able to have a photo taken, tits out if they want and it should just be seen as something innocent. They’re not asking for it. They’re not a slut. They’re not pushing boundaries. They’re displaying an aspect of their body which is completely normal. As I said, we can not blame boys for this, Harley suggests that, “we are inundated with images of oil-sodden women clutching their naked breasts”, although this is typically advertised for men, it is produced by the media and the media holds influence over society and how society views and acts towards different things. She advocates that “we need to give people something that’s real, something that reignites the conversation about female representation. We are all too used to seeing furiously objectifying images as standard these days. It highlights the warped perception of what is perverted and what is innocently intimate”. Words such as innocently and intimate are being replaced by sexual and risqué. Boobs have lost their innocence and taken that of girls with them. The media has sexualised something that should be completely innocent, distorting our perception of female representation.
A women’s body is a landscape. There are long bits and short bits, there are rolls, there is softness and hardness – a woman’s body is a piece of art. Not to be exploited or shamed. I don’t want the sexy aspect of boobs to be taken away, because as a women is can be empowering to have an aspect of yourself figure which makes you feel that way, but this should not also take away innocence. Sexiness should be self proclaimed, not unwillingly inflicted. The mission of desexualising boobs has inspired the work of many photographers and has provoked the creation of beautiful, raw images showcasing the virtuous allure of the women’s figure without “making sex the focus”.
Now, my thoughts on this may be a big jumble of opinions and beliefs which you may agree or disagree with. But they are mine and I chose to speak about them.