Love your boobs

Do you love your boobs?

why or why not?

Most of you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to most women it’s a month to bring more awareness to breast cancer, to remind women to get their mammograms regularly, to celebrate those who’ve survived, and remember those who’ve lost their lives to breast cancer. But this month isn’t just about that. It’s about reminding women to embrace ourselves and recognize what makes us beautiful, unique, and what defines us as women.

My friend Courtney from the eclectic lifestyle blog Fry Sauce & Grits started a movement called LOVE YOUR BOOBS, LOVE YOURSELF. Courtney is a bra fitter, bra educator, blogger, and is passionate about women issues. She created a video where she interviewed a group of women and asked them questions about their relationship with their breasts, how they’ve experienced breast shame, how they feel the media depicts breasts, and how we as women can come to love and accept and love our breasts.

Love Your Boobs, Love Your Breasts Movement Fry Sauce and Grits

“I find that most women have a hate relationship with their breasts and that makes me really sad. They’re either small, large, lopsided, saggy, or too wide, and it made me realize that we need to stop this breast and body shaming because our bodies are beautiful and powerful,” Courtney said. “I hope to inspire women with this Love Your Boobs, Love Yourself video that to completely love ourselves as women, we need to love and accept our boobs. There’s a direct relationship between our self image of and the relationship we have with our breasts. Breasts don’t define us but they are definitely a part of us. I want to bring awareness that this dysfunctional relationship we as women have with our breasts and with our bodies are directly stemmed from what the media portrays to be what is perfect and the ideal of beauty. I want to push the message that we aren’t defined by our breast size and how we as women are defined by something greater.”

Love Your Boobs, Love Yourself Quote FrySauceandGrits.com

Me along with a group of other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and yes breast sizes have decided to come together and to love ourselves and our breasts! You can join in this movement too by sharing a picture of yourself and type what you love about your breasts and what defines you as a woman! You don’t need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #LoveYourBoobsLoveYourself on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in.

I have a group of blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and yes breast sizes have decided to come together and to love ourselves and our breasts! You can join in this movement too by sharing a picture of yourself and type what you love about your breasts and what defines you as a woman!
So go ahead and watch the video, it will truly inspire you to stop breast shaming and start loving your breasts and yourself more!

Talking about one’s breasts is certainly not something many women talk about readily.  Talking about your boobs can be embarrassing, emotional, revealing … all these things.  It’s talking about a woman’s body image that can be so hard.  Every woman has their own story about their breasts.

Very personally and extremely honestly, deep down I am not comfortable talking openly about my breasts.  As outgoing and expressive as I am, discussing or sharing things as personal as this is the hardest for me.  Being a nurse along with being an artist, most would think that I would naturally be all about openness about talking about breasts.  Hey, they’re just breasts, right?  Well, I know I’m not alone.  It’s hard to talk about something that identifies part of a woman’s sexuality.  Through the years, I’ve watched mine grow, shrink, and grow again.  There’s isn’t one size or transition that I can honestly tell you that I loved.  I honestly just don’t think much about them.  But just they’re a part of my body.  I check em, I touch em, I wash em….  I will say there is something about them that make a woman sexy.  I am speaking for myself.  There are times where they make me feel this way.

Okay, here you go.  There are clothes that enhance my cleavage and it makes me feel like a sexy woman and there are bras that go under those clothes that make me feel even sexier.  Sheesh, I’m such a tomboy … I’m getting flushed just writing this … It’s a stretch, friends, a stretch to talk about bras and cleavage …  Bear with me…

Do you love your breasts? Watch a video and listen to other women talk about their breastsSo, I had just shaved my head for Children’s Cancer Research months prior to this picture being taken.  This photo exposes pretty much as risqué as I get with my cleavage, it made me feel like a woman given I didn’t have much hair.  So, I guess my breasts helped to make up for my lack of hair to identify me a woman.  I guess what I’m saying, bottom line, is that I do love having my breasts no matter what size.

But day to day, I’m the mom that takes her kids to school and goes to work and doesn’t think much about her boobs. They’re there, they are what I tried to feed my baby boys with {I didn’t have any milk, fyi}, they are simply just a part of my body.  My breasts don’t identify me as a person.  I’d like to think they don’t make feel any different as a woman.  But, if I didn’t have any, perhaps it would be a different story for me.

Below are other brave and beautiful women who are sharing their stories of breast shame, breast love, what they’ve learned from their breasts, what they mean to them, and how we as women we can learn to love our breasts and ourselves more! So don’t stop here. Get clicking around, its a blog hop! I hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of women loving themselves, the empowering effect sharing each of our voices will inspire others in some way.

1. Fry Sauce & Grits 2. Allred Design 3. Ashlee Marie 4. Lucky Blogs 5. A Ruffled Life 6. Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl 7. Tara Made It 8. Dreaming About Someday 9. MOMentity 10. Dana Ohlsen Photography 11. Utah Mom Connection 12. Lionesses at the Gate 13. Laura’s Crafty Life 14. Feel Great in 8 15. Life in My Heels

Are you ready to share your story? Make sure to tag your picture with the hashtag #LoveYourBoobsLoveYourself and @courtney_frysauceandgrits to participate in this powerful movement to inspire women to completely love themselves!

Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your boob story as uncomfortable as it was for you to do. I appreciate your perspective on how private you are about them. It makes me aware that my outward openness might cause someone else embarrassment, so hopefully I’ll realize when it does and tone it back 🙂

    • Hey Shannon, isn’t it funny how we are as humans? I KNOW that I say things that could offend others or cause discomfort, but all along I’m just being me. I’m not trying to make them uncomfortable, I’m just talking about something I’m comfortable with. So, I would say to you that your openness could be welcomed by someone like myself who isn’t so open about it. Perhaps it’s something that other women have to hear other women talk about and be comfortable with? It wouldn’t offend me if we were having a conversation and you’re leading it and I’m listening. It’s all good, just maybe don’t expect much of a response from me. Be you. xo

  2. Love your story! Thanks for being so brave!

  3. Tiffany Rudd says:

    So brave to step outside your comfort zone and share!! Love that you were willing to get involved, even if it makes you a little bit uncomfortable! 🙂

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