This comment is from HeatherN on the post “In Praise of Small-Breasted Women.”
Yes the social values have already been ascribed to different body types…the problem is they are being perpetuating here. By perpetuating the stereotypes associated with both large breasted and small breasted women, it’s just as bad as one someone who was praising women for having big breasts. It is just stereotypes and is a reinforcement of the false body type = personality type generalisations.
Again, my problem isn’t explaining preferences. Heck, if he were to analyse his preferences and question whether his love of small breasted women was because of the cultural narrative surrounding both large and small breasted women, as well as the cultural expectations for what straight guys will enjoy, then I’d also have no problem. But no, he’s not examining his own cultural bias…he’s just blindly following it or blindly rebelling against it.
It’s like, okay…one of the most frustrating things with heteronormativity is when people don’t even realize they’re doing it. When someone says something like: “I support gay people, I don’t get why anyone else cares what someone does in their sex lives.” It’s an attempt at being supportive, but it falls so short of the mark because it fails to recognize that sexual orientation affects more than just someone’s sex life. It actually ends up reinforcing the stereotype that gay people only care about sex.
This article is similar, not the same, but similar. The attempt was to be supportive by saying that “hey small breasted women, you’re pretty too.” But instead it just ended up reinforcing all of these problematic stereotypes about women and men.
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