• Mon, Sep 6 2010

Is There Really a Growing Small-Boob-Pride Trend?

In an article in the Style section last week, the New York Times claimed that pride among women with more discreet tatas is suddenly on the rise:

Ellen Shing, the owner of Lula Lu, a Web site and boutique in San Mateo, Calif., that cater to AAA- to A-cup sizes…says that while a small number of her customers come in looking for padded bras and tell her, “Make me as big as you can,” the majority “don’t want to supersize themselves.”

A fascinating trend! And it doesn’t end there — it appears that these newfangled “social networking sites” have latched on as well:

These days, it’s not uncommon for women with modest busts to flaunt what little they’ve got with a deep V-neck cut or a halter top. And more small-chested ladies seem to be openly celebrating their look on Twitter, Facebook and various blogs.

In an article addressing the so-called trend, writer Jack Shafer on Slate.com contends that no such trend exists, and that the NYT was kind of making it all up:

The problem with these findings is that the Flat Chested and Proud of It! group has 93 members. Flat Chested Girls United has 337. That only 2,356 of 500,000,000 Facebook members have chosen to “like” the “flat chested girls are prettier!!” page would seem to argue against the very existence of flat-chested pride.

But I would argue that the only thing that’s bogus about the NYT article is that it’s not really anything new for grown-up women to love their small breasts. Most women over the age of 18 recognize that their sexual partners just like boobs, period, and it doesn’t really matter how big they are. Plus, not having to wear a bra is awesome, not to mention the fact that tons of fashion is best suited for women with small chests. And also, have you ever seen a model? You know, those women upon whom our societal beauty standards are based? Ever noticed their tits?

Yeah.

As to the Facebook groups…I mean, everything has a Facebook group. The difference “these days” isn’t that women with small knockers are more proud, it’s that anyone from uncles of girls to people with six toes can create an outlet to be loud and proud. Which is great. But I don’t think it speaks to a new feeling so much as a new platform for that feeling.

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  • TB

    Fully agree. I love having small breasts for all of the reasons that you stated above. And its not because I was convinced to hit “like” on the book of face.

  • Freya

    Hold on a second. Surely the facebook group “flat chested girls are prettier” is just as bad as the group which said curvy girls are better than skinny girls, which in another article was slated?
    http://thegloss.com/beauty/does-the-curvy-girls-are-better-than-skinny-girls-facebook-page-need-to-exist/
    Double standard much?

    • Jessica Pauline Ogilvie

      Double standard by who? Us? Cause a) I didn’t even mention that Facebook group here, and b) note that this isn’t a post about the pros and cons of any of the Facebook groups. Unless I’m misunderstanding you, I’m not sure what you’re talking about. I guess either way I’m not sure.

    • Freya

      My point was that on a site that published an article which claimed that no one body type was “better” than another to then say one particular body type/aspect (i.e. a smaller chest) was, in fact, the basis for “our societal beauty standards”, seems a bit inconsistent.

  • Alix

    I dunno if it’s a major trend or whatever but I’ve sensed something of a small breasted renaissance in the past few years. It might just be part of a big boobed backlash, though. Anyone remember the banned lane bryant ad? And who could have known breasts where made from hideous *fat*, the bane of right-thinking americans everywhere? We were blinded by mammary magnificence – only to realize, almost too late, the unholy truth!

    All kidding aside though, I really hope more women do embrace their natural cup size ‘cuz there’s seriously nothing wrong with being “flat” chested. I’m pretty big and the only extra attention I get is negative, or the gross kind of positive. ¯\(°_°)/¯

  • Jaime

    Disagree. Why are women still getting plastic surgery and why are push up bra’s advertised on every model in Victoria’s Secret???
    It is because larger breasts (full C’s or D’s) are considered “perfect” by many people’s standards. Dresses look better, cute halter tops are more flattering and they look awesome in a bikini. I should know, because I got them this year and have never regretted the decision for a minute!
    I say if you are happy with your small boobs, more power to you. If you want bigger boobs, get them, enjoy them and don’t feel bad about it or think “small boobs” are some new trend. Boobs are a beautiful sexual thing embrace all of the lovely sizes and shapes they come in.

  • amanda

    I’m still waiting for the “small dicks are prettier fan club”