The fact is that these issues aren't the only "issues" that women's bodies face. Women get cancer. Women sometimes get mastectomies when they get breast cancer. When women get breast cancer, they often will feel pressured to have reconstructive breast surgery. This is because many women are lef to believe that they need breasts to feel "whole" or "womanly." Each woman should be able to make this choice without feeling pressure from society to look a certain way. Some women want to do it and some women do not want to do it. There is no right or wrong answer.
I believe that it is wrong to think that women MUST have two breasts to be a woman. This is not true because breasts do not make a woman. I won't start on the topic of gender versus sex (because I could go on forever), but being a woman has more to do with our "place" in the world and less to do with our sexual organs. The world has a narrow view of what a woman is and what a woman should be. A woman is not simply two breasts, a vagina and uterus. A woman is more than that.
How can we change what is socially accepted as beautiful for females? Well, we can start by supporting Monokini 2.0, a social art project that was created by Elina Halttunen who is also known as "the woman with one tit." Finnish designers partnered up with Elina to begin developing and designing a swimwear collection for Monokini 2.o. The collection is modeled by breast cancer survivors who have had mastectomies.
Read the Monokini 2.0 Manifesto below and head on over to Kick Starter to donate...let's make this a reality!
Monokini 2.0 Manifesto:
"We think that the current focus on a breast-reconstruction after mastectomy as the only way to a full life, is a breast-fixated way of seeing what a woman is. We want to incite a positive self-image of breast-operated women by showing that you can be whole, beautiful and sexy even with just one breast or with no breasts at all. Our other aim is to dig into the restrictive social taboo on what is considered appropriate – of exposing something that is not there. Seeing an exposed breast is considered nakedness, but why is exposing no breast also considered nakedness?"