With this post, I finish up the research that we included in our zine. I will continue to post in this series, but it will not be as often and if will be solely my research, observations, inclinations, etc. This post is kind of an overview of what has been in the series already as well as some conclusions and discussion questions.
Original Research Questions
- How do sexualized breasts in U.S. popular culture affect how women see their own breasts? Is there a more positive or negative effect?
- How do women's views of their bodies and their breasts affect the choice to breastfeed in the U.S. and in other countries?
- How does the breast place people in nature?
The purpose of our senior seminar project on breasts was to bring attention to the idea of "there they are, but there they aren't." We are stampeded with images of breasts in our society, but we do not often talk about them on a social, cultural, or biological level. Breasts are a unique part of the female body but their invisibility perpetuates oppressive norms that women face on a daily basis.
- We rely too heavily on popular culture representations of breasts and as a result, women's relationships with their breasts are negatively affected.
- Viewing breasts as working or lactating allows women to develop a more positive relationship with their bodies and breasts.
- The breast is more than thing that can become diseased. They are a unifying force and they are hope.
- Examine your investments in your breasts or the breasts of others. What do these investments mean for who you are?
- Why do so many women lack a positive relationship with their breasts?
- Do you believe women think their breast size is vital to femininity?