Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Boobs Aren't Just for Porn

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French Connection From Sketch to Store
French Connection From Sketch to Store



















I have wanted to talk about boobs on my blog for quite a while now and the time has now come after I almost tweeted a photo of a mannequin in H&M because her top had fallen down then realised that might be a bit weird.

I first thought about this post when French Connection launched their 2013 Autumn/Winter campaign 'From Sketch to Store' featuring the work of fashion photographer Rankin. I thought the campaign was beautiful and that fact that there was naked people in it added to that, although I barely acknowledged it. When this was first launched I heard people (mostly women) outraged about the fact that naked women were being displayed on the high street, this is something I didn't get whatsoever. Firstly, there are also naked men featured. Secondly, their modesty is still protected. Thirdly, it isn't porn for goodness sake. The campaign was not about the nudity or the boobs for that matter, they were just there, just as everyone's boobs are 'just there'. The campaign did just what it said on the tin showed how their clothing went from being sketches to being available in stores.

When I tell people I don't wear a bra most days they tend to look at me like this:




There you are, the stunning Jennifer Aniston. Bra-less. So why aren't the rest of us embracing no-bra days. After telling someone I don't wear a bra they then say well, you don't need to. Neither to you, yes I do have tiny boobs but that's not the only reason I don't wear a bra, most of the time it's either because I can't be bothered or don't see the point in wearing one. No massive feminist statement either.

I've thought there is no point in a bra since the first time I abandoned it. My mam gave me a lecture about it being bad for my boobs to which all I could say back was 'what boobs?'. I can understand where people with bigger boobs are coming from when they say they need to wear a bra but who are us little boobed people trying to kid? Try it, it's liberating. I promise.




On to the feminism side of things. I don't get why it is okay for us to see male breasts but not female breasts. If anything female breasts should be the ones being celebrated and on show, they feed children. Pretty big job, eh? Recent years have seen the increase of talk around male breast reductions and how men can improve their chests, something that has been focussed on in female magazines for eons. Despite more men confessing dissatisfaction with their breasts I have seen no fewer oiled male chests casually plastered about the place. The importance is the casual sense of all of this. Women's boobs are never casual, people act like their only place is in pornographic magazines. It's not.

We all have boobs, lets chill out and be more casual about them.

Have a bra-free day, it's liberating!

Hannah x

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