Why People Should Stop Boob-Shaming Immediately
Today I’d like to speak out against a despicable trend in American culture: boob-shaming.
For those of you not in the know, boob-shaming is when a girl or woman is made to feel ashamed of herself due to her naturally large ta-ta’s. From the time her knockers begin to show their potential plentifullness it begins:
“Isn’t that shirt a little tight?”
“I think that’s too low cut.”
“Cover those up.”
This has to stop! It is not fair that we, the naturally ample-bosomed, have to endure these criticisms while society smugly acts justified. We didn’t ask for big boobs (okay, maybe some of us did), and we shouldn’t be punished for them.
Do the big-nosed, the chicken-legged, the buck-toothed have to suffer such wisecracks? Well, yes, yes they do, but most deem it cruel to call those people names. And it’s something that continues right into adulthood.
Isn’t it rude to assume the liberally endowed are inherently slutty, stupid, or without talent? It is wrong to make anyone feel as if they are responsible for others reactions to their body, and that’s exactly what boob-shaming does.
When I was still a child I was ordered at summer camp to put a shirt on over my tank top (a regular-ass, non-low-cut tank top). Other girls wearing similar shirts were not scolded. As I looked about I knew why I had been singled out-it was because of my ginormous funbags. My body, existing as it did, was deemed too provocative. So the adults in the situation singled me out in front of everyone to cover up in order to point this out. I was subjected to boob-shaming.
Did this teach me some healthy sense of modesty? No, in fact I began to feel as though my body was dangerous. That it couldn’t be trusted. I had better hide it in order to not draw attention to myself. OR ELSE!
Basically, as soon as those sweater puppets spring up a girl’s childhood is effectively over. No longer allowed to enjoy the presumption of innocence, she’s got what some grown man would judge a “woman’s body.” She’s fair game.
And some are truly punished: just this year a teacher who had sex with a 14 year old was given a lenient sentence because the girl in question looked “older than her chronological age.” The girl committed suicide.
It’s not just harmless criticism for what’s perceived to be a desired body characteristic. Shaming someone simply for how they’re put together is wrong no matter what their configuration is.
If it’s hot out, do I not sweat? I deserve to wear a tank top just like anyone else.
Don’t condescend to those of us with abundant busts. We can’t help it anymore than you can help being ugly.
Or pretty. I can’t see you, but if you’re reading this you’re probably hot stuff!