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Breasts: Our Most Public Private Parts Paperback – October, 1998

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"I believe that every woman has a breast story," says Meema Spadola, who has spun that assertion into a much-praised documentary on the subject and, subsequently, a book called Breasts. Between its colorful covers is an epic saga of pleasure, power, affection, woe, consternation, fear, anticipation, and ready-or-not metamorphosis shared by females age 2 to 90. Because breasts are a hard-to-conceal badge of womanhood, 9-year-old Ali finds that her new curves "shoved her out of the world of childhood and into puberty." How those around a girl treat this change makes a huge difference to self-esteem. "Tie those things down, you might poke somebody's eye out," a mother kids her 13-year-old daughter. Others recall being teased much less kindly within their families for developing too fast or not fast enough, and dodging catcalls and far worse from strangers who suddenly felt free to comment on their bodies.

Leaping beyond the angst of puberty and adolescence, Spadola thoughtfully probes into how women feel about their breasts--whether natural, enhanced, or downsized by surgery--in relation to work, love, baby nurturing, aging, cancer, sex, and friendship. "Breasts are aggressive," says one woman. "Men feel compelled to look at them, so sometimes I feel like it's rude to other women to show too much breast." Whether indulgent or insightful, Breasts delivers on its promise to reveal what women really feel and how their self-images help shape the course of their lives. --Francesca Coltrera

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...Spadola effectively opens up dialogue about this subject and lavishes extremely serious attention upon the way women feel about this body part. -- San Francisco Metropolitan

...The Breast Bible. It offers hard facts, wise rumination and candid dish on topics ranging from first bras and mother's milk to the sag factor and mastoconcupiscence-"a strong sexual desire for breasts" (a plus or a minus, depending on our mood, who's asking, etc.). -- The New York Daily News

...a collective breast exam analyzing "our most public private parts." -- New York Magazine

...both poignant and funny, and always insightful, offering an intimate view of why something like breast cancer is more than a terrible disease. -- the Pasadena Star News

...offers serious discussions with dozens of women and girls about "our most public private parts," and how their feelings about them have impacted their lives. -- The Chicago Tribune

...readers are rewarded with stories about Kleenex-stuffed brassierres, plastic surgery blunders, breast-feeding breakthroughs, sexual practices, the agony of late bloomers and the joy of Wonderbra. -- USA Today

...the stories girls and women are willing to share with Spadola are remarkable in their intimacy. -- ForeWord Magazine

...this book shatters myths and pays homage to the power of the almighty breast. -- The Leader Post, Regina SK

Anyone who is in possession of breasts will take the book very seriously; with humor and dignity, Spadola has managed to weave a plethora of voices and experiences into a graceful and very telling whole...Breasts is full of anecdotes and emotions that any woman will recognize. -- The Los Angeles Times

Finally, someone had the moxie to write a book about everything you ever wanted to know about breasts and do it honestly and seriously. -- Moxie girl Magazine
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Wildcat Canyon Pr; First Edition edition (October 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885171277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885171276
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,040,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 10, 1999
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This book was awesome! I know all my friend's first kiss, birthdays, but not their breast stories. This book encourages reader's to think about and discuss with their friends how their breasts - from development on - have affected them - other's reactions to them. It was funny, insightful, what you come away with is that the "perfect breasts" we've been fantasizing about since childhood - nobody has them. Tell your breast stories!!
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By A Customer on June 14, 2000
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I got this book to develop a conscious awareness of our culture's unconscious attitudes about breasts, and the effect this has on women.
Maybe I have an unusual viewpoint: a man from a sexually repressed family with lots of double standards. I sometimes objectified women, or tried to view them as asexual. Either way it creates a warped relationship. This book is helping me to develop a new attitude toward breasts and the women who bear them.
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A Mix Of At Least 100 Women's Responses About Breasts(Boobs, Tits And Watermelons) ! Amazing Volume of Ideas and Comments ! Can Get Rough ! Puberty ! Self Identity ! Sexuality ! Motherhood ! And Health ! Ultimately A War Over Control ! To Finally Give In ! Easier If The Big O's Come Fast And Continuous ! All Consuming ! Infinitely ! Page 131 Mentions Breast Possession ! Another War ! They Can Become No Mans Land ! Not Even Hers ! Nuclear ? Stay Out Of Sight ? Forever ? Public Utility ? Could Not Stop Reading ! Issues ? Just Not On This Scale ! Happy Attitude ? Way Helpful ! More titillating than Porn ! Loved It ! Serious Stuff ! Read Careful ! High Light ! Recommended ! Have To Deal With The Other Half Of The Population ! Could Have Used This In Fourth Grade ! Less Grief ! Thanks Amazon !
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I love my boobs but they are barely a B cup so I am getting ready to have some implants. I hope they turn out. I really am glad I read this, It inspired me. t.m.
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