Large-Breasted Mom Ordered to Cover Up by Disney Employee

This story makes me cringe. Not just because it’s unfair, embarrassing, and ludicrous, but because it could have been me. It could have been one of my friends. It could be anyone with large breasts. First, let’s tell the story.

Melissa Behnken and her family decided to celebrate her husband’s return from the U.S. Marine Corps with a trip to Disneyland with their 3 kids. They were having a grand old time until, as she puts it, “This gentleman out of nowhere comes up to me and just says ‘You need to pull your top up.’”

She was wearing a simple black scoopneck that you can buy in any department store, and a style worn by pretty much every woman in America. Because she is well-endowed, her cleavage was showing. Not a grotesque amount, but the same bit of cleavage all large breasted women show when they attempt to wear just about any scoopneck top.

I consciously try to never show cleavage (a personal thing I explained here), but large busted women know that no matter how hard you try, sometimes cleavage just happens. Breasts are not vulgar or indecent. Guys like this park employee need to stop this puritanical nonsense and grow up.

Judge for yourself by watching this video with Melissa’s story and pictures from the family’s Disneyland trip:


Do We Really Need Antiperspirants for Breasts?

Anyone with large breasts has dealt with breast sweat, and it can get really annoying on hot days. I’ve seen everything from disposable bra inserts that soak up the sweat to actual antiperspirant that you apply under your breasts, much like underarm antiperspirant.

If you sweat a lot, and the problem is out of control, it might not hurt to try it. I actually sweat quite a bit lately, but a quick swipe with an alcohol soaked cottonball generally fixes the problem; the alcohol helps evaporate the moisture (creating an instant cooling effect) and also creates an environment that isn’t conducive to microbial growth.

Cristen from Stuff Mom Never Told You recently covered this, and shared the results of her web research as well as her own thoughts on the whole breast sweat problem.



The Woman Who Didn’t Invent the Bra

Cristen of Stuff Mom Never Told You is back with another Herstory interview, this time with Mary Phelps Jacob. Jacob is often credited with the creation of the bra, but the reality isn’t quite so clear cut.

Stuff Mom Never Told You is full of witty, interesting, fun, and intelligent content. Cristen covers a wide variety of topics on her channel, and I recommend it to everyone. The focus is on women, but that doesn’t mean that men can’t learn from and enjoy the content.

Amazonian Breast Size

Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman, and will appear in the Man of Steel sequel. For some reason, fanboys everywhere seem to be up in arms about the fact that Gadot has small breasts, and therefore doesn’t meet the requirements to play the feminist icon. There is so much wrong with this idea.

I think I’ll skip the whole “women are enormously oversexualized in comics” debate. There has been so much talk on the issue that I hardly think my opinion would add anything to that discussion, but if you’re interested, there’s a great article over at Comics Alliance called Art and Superheroines: When Over-Sexualization Kills the Story by David Brothers.

I think I’ll let Gal Gadot address this one herself. This comes from a translation of the Hebrew interview here:

It’s been said that you’re too skinny for the part. Wonder Woman is large-breasted, is that going to change?

Hmm. I represent the Wonder Woman of the new world. Breasts… anyone can buy for 9,000 shekels and everything is fine. By the way, Wonder Woman is amazonian, and historically accurate amazonian women actually had only one breast. So, if I’d really go “by the book”…it’d be problematic.

I think she’ll do just fine.

5 Things We Didn’t Learn About Breasts in 2013

While I understand the effort to gain more viewers by doing an episode on breast studies, I’m thoroughly disappointed in D News’s latest video. Numbers 5-4 are studies that didn’t need to be done. And the number 1 spot is taken by that thoroughly idiotic non-study about wearing bras leading to sagging breasts by Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon of Universite de Franche-Comte.

Rouillon’s research shouldn’t have been included because he hasn’t published ANY study, and we only have his opinion on his “preliminary findings”, which don’t include information on breast size, ages, and length of time each woman was followed. While he says he’s been doing the research for 15 years, at least one of his subjects has only been participating for two years. There is absolutely no data at this time showing that what he says is true, but it is clear that he’s willing to forgo scientific rigor in order to get recognition for work he hasn’t even completed yet.

There’s a great article about the sketchiness of Rouillon’s findings over at The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.