BoobDay! All boobs are great boobs! Embrace the beauty and diversity of bodies with boobs! Link up your images every Friday!
Maybe it’s the summer weather, maybe it’s the continued pandemic bullshittery, but I am just a roller coaster of emotions lately, many of which are about my body. Sometimes I feel almost fraudulent for running projects like BoobDay and Lingerie Is For Everyone when I don’t always have the will or the confidence to participate in them myself. I suppose I’m only human.
I was poking around for a quote about breasts on Good Reads (usually my favourite source for literary quotes, which I use a lot) and so many were infuriatingly negative or narrow! Everything seemed to be in the context of ageing and sagging and the male gaze. This shouldn’t be surprising, and it wasn’t, but it still made me mad and a bit dismayed. Then I looked back at a few of the BoobDay galleries and all of your bold, beautiful and meaningful images and posts and I was reminded of how important this community of writers and artists is. We are up against so much in our culture, some of us more than others. The politics of sex and sexuality is so intense and nuanced, and rights and freedoms are being threatened and the world seems very much on fire. Simultaneously, we have the opportunity to change culture. It may be small change, it may feel woefully incremental at times, but I believe that small acts of resistance add up and create revolutions.
It’s a sad state of affairs that loving your body is a political statement. We shouldn’t be living in a world that is so hell bent on controlling women, the LGBTQIAP+ community and BIPOC. How the fuck are we still living in a white man’s world? I could go on and on, but what I really mean to say is: you are more brave and more capable than you might think and every day that you survive, you win. Every time you love yourself, you win. Every time you rise above the noise and hate, you win.
So is BoobDay a celebration or a revolution? It’s both. I hope you join me!
Illegitimi non carborundum.
Don’t let the bastards grind you down.
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