My Beautiful Wickedness

The breast industry
July 9, 2007, 10:03 am
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I have never understood the breast industry. I am a woman of totally ordinary chestual proportions. They are good enough fun, but gravity is slowly having its way with me. I used my breasts to nurse my kid. I occasionally spill ketchup on my breast when I’m having a hot dog at the ballpark. I buy my bras at Walmart. I have never considered breast enlargement surgery, other than to think it’s sort of a sad if one’s self-esteem can be boosted by slapping on a couple of subcutaneous silicone bags. I am not really all that hung up on my own boobs and I don’t pay much attention to anyone else’s.

But our boob-happy society — not happy to allow one to nurse in public, as that’s gross and free, but happy to pressure women into buying the most ridiculous stuff to cantilever their “assets” (no accident, that term — it’s property all right) — has now come up with yet another silly medical intervention designed to…well, I don’t know what.

No, go take a look and come back and then you’ll know why I’m on about this.

Ok. So. Whee. Big boobs for everyone. Could the same time and money maybe have gone into researching how to prevent those incidences of breast cancer and reducing the need for mastectomies? How much you want to bet that there will be a stem cell waiver from the folks who have utterly opposed it on religious grounds — a sort of “compassionate use” (or as I’ll be referring to it, the Dolly Exemption). And hey, it gets rid of belly fat at the same time!!

Now if only we could do something about those annoyingly big brains that women have…


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Thanks for the link bridgett . . . and there’s no waiver necessary. Those of us opposed to embryo harvesting have no problems with non-embryo stem cell research . . . as is referenced in the article you linked.

Comment by Ned Williams

Ned, thanks for stopping by. I don’t know much about the various kinds of stem cell research sources and their proposed uses. Can you fill me in?

Comment by bridgett

Sorry for not responding sooner, Bridgett; and I appreciate your response. This is a subject that is pretty complicated; thus, it is readily subject to mischaracterization and misunderstanding.

One article I just came across that touches on some of the distinctions is here. Interestingly, this aspect of the issue (i.e., the difference between adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells) is kind of old news and it’s certainly not something that, if covered or emphasized, helps the pro-embryonic harvesting folks; but alas, understanding the distinction is fundamental to the debate (or at least fundamental to not hating on those on my side of the debate).

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