Bratabase is an awesome ressource about bras. Recently, they’ve added a few features including “Bra adventures”, which allow members to have discussions threads similar to those of an Internet forum. One such thread brought my attention to 007b and their breast galleries… More precisely, one member commented about the fact that along their “normal breast gallery”, 007b had an “abnormal breast gallery” and that one of the women featured in this abnormal breast gallery suffered from the condition of “macromastia”. In other words, she has large breasts. Her measurements are 52-38-43. She has no pain or discomfort (despite wearing a 42K bra, which is probably a bad fit for her size) and no other symptom is mentioned.
Now, I had heard the term “hypertrophy of the breast”, which I hate, but according to Wikipedia, macromastia is a “rare medical condition of the breast connective tissues”. Alrighty! How is this rare conditionsdefined? Hormonal imbalance? Damages caused to the spine? Nope! Most physicians define macromastia as excessive tissue of over 1.5 kg. Me thinks an awful lot of people suffer from this “rare condition”.
Unsurprisingly, the woman featured in 007b mentions how people constantly try to talk her into having a reduction… I’ve already written about how much this normative pressure irritates me, but I’m all the more annoyed by the fact that 007b gallery is supposed to show that breasts come in all shapes and sizes and that it is ok… Well, I guess it is ok, as long as you are under an H cup size. Then again, the normal breast galley introduction mentions that “the most common bra cup size in the US used to be B, but has now become C probably due to the increasing obesity”… Based on this, I guess I shouldn’t expect much. I am not saying that a 34H or a 38K are average sizes, but “abnormal” is a much more loaded word than “unusual” or even “large” and I really don’t see how a mere physical trait get constructed as a disease. *end of rant.
In other news, Bratabase is building up a breast shape gallery and is looking for pictures. The project is completely anonymous and there won’t be any “abnormal” tag! So consider submitting your picture. (No need to be a bratabase user for submission).