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Big boobs and a 6-pack

Monday, October 29, 2012

Day 29 personal blog challenge (mini-rant)

Seems like the current standard for fit women is that they have big boobs and a 6-pack.
Well, from what I know about 6-packs, a women would have to have less than 8% body to show off their stomach muscles. Then the ideal is that they also have big boobs.
Sure, you can develop your pecs and build up that part of your anatomy. But at 8% per cent body fat, there normally isn't going to be much breast left, So what happens? They get implants.

It always really bugs me. These celebrities, fitness models, clean-living experts are role models that we emulate. Sure, they eat right and exercise. But then they feel the need to go under the knife. Isn't this hypocritical and contradictory?

We use them as inspiration for our goals & we take their advice. And a part of their bodies is fake! When they give reasons for the surgery, it seems to come down to "aesthetics" and commercial gain. Apparently body acceptance and appreciation for individuality isn't part of their healthy plan. Apparently making money is.

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  • OOLALA53
    Awesome. This is central. Naomi Wolf in her book The Beauty Myth (a bit outdated in its facts and figures but still completely applicable) calls this a mass hallucination. We're so deep into it we can hardly tell anymore. emoticon
    1938 days ago
    If you ever wnna say somthing like this on any other blogs I'll hold your bling while you kick verbal butt any day you go grrrrrrl!!
    1938 days ago
    I'm sure there are a few people who have both attributes naturally, i.e. conscientious exercise for muscle tone plus genetically very large boobs, but they are few and far between as evidenced by the spike in the number of women getting implants - even models.
    1942 days ago
    Good points about the bombardment of images of what is unattainable for many of us without surgery and/or airbrushing. We need to learn to feel comfortable in our own skin and not get sucked into the illusions all around us.
    1943 days ago
  • 62NVON
    Riverrat... love this blog. My body isn't perfect, but truth is, no one's is.

    Celia... I know exactly what you are talking about. I hate it, but I try to avoid bending over like that in a swimsuit...LOL
    1943 days ago
    Agree that the so-called role models are just unrealistic, but I still haven't put away the thought of a tummy tuck to deal with all the loose skin. I may not get to the point of showing definable abs, but I would like to stop looking like I have udders around my belly button every time I bend over. As for the ta-tas, you're right, there's not a lot left after weight loss, even with a BMI of 23, but a good bra works wonders.
    1943 days ago
    I fully agree that it's weird that 'role models' have 'fake' attributes.
    I think the greatest accomplishment and the only one that will bring lasting peace of mind is acceptance, really. That doesn't mean we needn't work on a better health or on reaching goals though. But it's silly, in my eyes, to invest so much enery into being something you are not. How is that going to make a person happy?

    1943 days ago
    Agree that everyone has different distribution of weight. I also agree that the "string bean" look is seen as any ideal by some!
    Agree, that is still the norm in the modeling industry.
    Thanks for posting.
    1943 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/29/2012 8:06:16 AM
    I'm not sure those figures are accurate. When I was in middle/high school and a competitve swimmer who trained all the time, I had a six pack for years, lasting for many many years after I quit swimming and wasn't training all the time (because you don't just lose those muscles). I weighed 125 lbs and wore a 36C bra because I have naturally big boobs, and my six pack - actually, my eight-pack - was clearly visible, even when I'd gained my first bit of weight and weighed 145 lbs and wore a 38D bra. The visibility of a six-pack has to do with the amount of muscle as much as it has to do with the percent of fat - at 145, I had around 21 or 22% body fat, and like I said, you could still see the muscles. You could see them up until pregnancy destroyed the skin around my belly. Even now, I finally have clearly defined oblique muscles again, and I'm up around 30% body fat. If I didn't have loose, scarred skin all over the front of my belly, you'd be able to see my six-pack.

    Beyond that, the current market isn't really big-boob friendly. I'm in a 38D size right now, and it's very, VERY difficult to find shirts that don't strain. I generally have to wear a size up to accomodate my girls, and that makes me look bigger than I am. Back in the 90s, the trend started moving toward super-skinny girls with almost-flat chests (think Gwen Stephani or Cameron Diaz in The Holiday). The model industry still runs on this (I have several friends who are models). I would be very happy if the current market moved away from the pre-pubescent girl body type...
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