I’ve been reading a lot about body image and trends in shapes lately. It seems the A cup is in, a status symbol linked to being thin. After all, not a lot of size 14 women (the average American dress size) have A cups. Is it fair to judge a woman by her bra size?
As I watched the Emmy’s last week I noticed breast augmentation seemed to be down on the red carpet. The women sporting them seemed to stand out and look, well, “fake.” There were lots of backless dresses and even though haute couture designers know how to design a dress to keep the girls in, it was clear a lot of women didn’t need much help. Good, I thought, natural is making a comeback… (I’m not going to start on the weird puffy lips).
When we entered the 21st century, the average American bra size was 36C, ten years later it’s up to a 36DD. The sale of larger cup bras is growing faster than that of the C cup and below level, so clearly the demand is to hold in larger breasts, not smaller ones. Rising obesity isn’t the only answer though; hormones in the foods we eat and, yes, breast augmentation are factors too.
Women with A cups have been getting a bum wrap for years. One study showed that 83% of men prefer a C cup and larger. There are even support groups and online communities for women with small breasts.
So should we be applauding the ladies who are A cups and proud of it? Should we shun the C cups for their voluptuousness?
What silly questions! What next? Shun all blondes and covet brunettes? What would actually be great is pretty and functional bras plus lots of admirers for every size. I hope a man would go out with a beguiling woman regardless of cup size. We like to be appreciated for our brains and our beauty, be it gorgeous eyes, silky locks, or decolletage. Everyone has something they can flaunt and play up.
So what do you think? Are you happy with your breast size? Would you swap ‘em for more or less? How do you feel about the great bra hunt? Let me know your thoughts.