Disclaimer: I am not bashing women who chose to have a reduction for whatever reason. It is a very personal decision and I assume they have put some thought into it. That being said, it would be quite nice if they could educate their siblings, nieces and nephews and all and let them know that it is not appropriate to tell a complete stranger how breast reduction changed the life of their sister, aunt or whatever for the better…
Maybe I’m wrong but I have a feeling that small chested women don’t get told to “just get surgery”, neither do people with a very big nose, or women with lots of cellulite. While cosmetic surgery is usually somewhat taboo or looked down upon, breast reduction seem to get a free pass. “It’s different”, you hear time and time again, supposedly because reductions are motivated by “purer” reasons than augmentations or other so called “vain” procedures.
“Women get reductions to avoid catcalls and street harassment.” I guess that’s why I’ve been told, as a teenager, that I should “just get a reduction” and not complain about catcalls, sort of implying that not cutting your body is asking for it. Nice. I happen to think that all women and girls deserve respect, regardless of their size and shape.
“Women get reductions to be able to find bras and clothes that fit”. That is, litteraly, to fit in. While I’m not blaming women who are tired of fighting, what about changing the industry? My motto is that clothes should be cut to fit bodies, not the other way around.
And my very favourite. “Women get reductions because big boobs cause back pain”. It is my observation that back pains are caused first and foremost by bad posture. Now, I’m not saying that a large chest may not agravate that or that a reduction may not relieve it. But plenty of tall men have back pain as a result of bad posture. Funnily enough, nobody suggests that we make them shorter by cutting a piece of their legs or something. Truth is plenty of large chested women don’t have back pain, even when wearing ill-fitting bras, while plenty of men and small chested women have back problems. I wish that people wouldn’t jump to conclusion and assume that anyone with a D+ bust has a damaged spine.
Some time ago, on a predominantly female board, I started a thread for busty women to share bra tips, rants, fitness advice, etc. I prefaced it saying that I wanted to keep it positive and without any talk about reduction. A few pages down, some woman checked in basically saying “Hi, I’m an A cup and I was wondering if any of you considered getting a reduction”. I don’t know. It just seems to be shoved down our throats. A lot.