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Genitals in the Wild: Ceiling Surprises

I’ve been living in my new apartment for roughly six months now, so I’m not exactly sure why it’s taken me this long to notice this, but — all of our mounted ceiling lights look like boobs. I stumbled across the first breast-like light one afternoon when I was home sick from work. I was lying down with my head hanging over the foot of my bed, and there it was: A breast — smack-dab in the middle of my ceiling. I suppose this just shows how nonobservant I am; considering the exact same fixture is mounted in my roommate’s room, both hallways, the kitchen, as well as the bathroom. Lesson learned? Continue Reading →

Keep Your Cancer Off Facebook

I just posted about how Facebook banned a woman from posting pictures of her newborn son, and now here’s a story about Facebook banning a woman’s mastectomy photos. I’ve seen other inspirational photos of women who have battled breast cancer, so I’m not surprised that someone shared their photos on Facebook. Joanne Jackson from the UK had photos taken after her mastectomy, and chose to share them on Facebook. I love what she had to say about the photos: “I am not one who is shy but these pictures weren’t as much about me as about other women who had maybe just been diagnosed with breast cancer. It doesn’t have to be a death sentence and there is life after a mastectomy.” Continue Reading →

Your Man Reminder

Worried about breast cancer? TLC is a great way to help detect it early. But what exactly is TLC? Watch this video and learn. I stumbled upon this lovely video earlier this week and was smitten when I realized it wasn’t a joke (as in, those apps really exist!). So remember, if you’re worried about breast cancer, follow Anthony’s (the cute blonde from the video) advice:

TOUCH your breasts. Continue Reading →

Breastfeeding In Public… And On Sesame Street?

The radio program AirTalk on KPPC (which my dad listens to in Los Angeles and sent my way) recorded this show on breastfeeding on Sesame Street and its broader public implications. Apparently, in the 1970s, breastfeeding was depicted on the children’s show Sesame Street in order to help educate children about how breastfeeding is normal and healthy. This ceased in the 1990s, but now there is a petition circulating to reintroduce breastfeeding on the show in order to take advantage of its wide viewership. The radio show host was joined by a gender studies professor at USC who discussed the sexualization and commodification of breasts, as well as hosting multiple nursing mothers who wished to contribute their perspectives on nursing. The conversation touched on important topics such as the public stigmatization of breast feeding and how difficult it can be for new mothers who agree with the logic but whose bodies are not (yet) cooperating. Continue Reading →

Breastfeed In An Ice Cream Truck

People seem to be fairly passionate on the issue of public breastfeeding. More and more workplaces are now offering breastfeeding rooms so if employees need to pump their breast milk they are not stuck sitting on a toilet seat in the restroom. In Pittsburgh there is now the Milk Truck, which bills itself as a “Mobile Breastfeeding Unit.” Artist Jill Miller created the Milk Truck from an ice cream truck, and is considered to be “a combination of guerilla theater, activism and a little slapstick humor” – it’s a truck with a giant breast on it, so it can’t take itself too seriously. Ms Miller wanted to created a positive and supportive environment for women to breastfeed in, which I think is wonderful and would love for more of these to be in other cities. Continue Reading →

The Quest for Larger Breasts: Breast Slapping

Slapping her breasts in the bedroom – some consider it sexy; others consider it the new and upcoming way to enlarge breasts. And when I say some, I am more or less referring to a select few women in Thailand who have developed a new (and rather intriguing) method for breast enlargement. I stumbled upon this article last week and the piece featured Khemmikka Na Songkhla’s family method, which (apparently) naturally enhances the breasts by “shuffling fat from one area of the body to another”. Songkhla learned this beauty technique from her grandmother and claims that the technique can “add up to two inches” to her clients’ bust. Now clearly I’ll leave it up to you to decide on whether or not this treatment sounds legitimate; but might I add Songkhla’s rare techniques have been recognized by the Thai government. Continue Reading →

Bowling For Boobies: Grassroots Breast Cancer Activism

I recently found out about an event called Bowling For Boobies, run by the Busted Foundation, which holds fundraisers in order to be able to give money directly to women who are struggling with breast cancer. Their Youtube video explains the concept in a really positive way. I think it’s fascinating that people are coming together to support breast cancer survivors at a grassroots level, and if you think it’s worth supporting, consider donating (I’m supporting Team Rack & Tears since they’re based out of my home city, L.A.). Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Follow Jeana, the author of this post, @foxyfolklorist. Continue Reading →

Breast Milk Ice Cream?

Thanks to a comment from John on one of my recent posts on Erotic Lactation, I came across this BBC article on a brand new product hitting restaurants in London: breast milk ice cream. According to the article, all the ice cream comes from one donor, London mother Victoria Hiley, who gets 15 pounds ($24.30 in US dollars) for every 10 ounces of milk donated. The ice cream shop is advertising it as organic, free-range, and “totally natural”. What’s your take? Continue Reading →

A Bra To Improve Your Sexual Health?

According to an article in Fox News Latino, Brazil may impose some new public health policies. Brazilian congress has recently passed a law that would require all bras, underwear, and other forms of lingerie sold in the country to display sexual health messages on the tags. Bra tags would advise people to get regular breast exams, while men’s underwear would encourage middle-aged and older men to get regular prostate exams.

If passed, the law would lead all lingerie companies that don’t include the warnings to possible prosecution. Check out the full article here! Continue Reading →

A Pill That May Stall Ovarian Cancer

File this one under “Hope.” On June 4th, the New York Times posted an article about studies that are being conducted on the drug, Avastin (which is a widely known ‘cancer drug’) on how it would effect the progression of ovarian cancer. The Avastin studies were discussed at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, finding that the drug is effective in delaying the spreading of ovarian cancer – yet there is still speculation about how significant these results really are. The piece in the NYT also discusses trials run on the drug exemestane, which is classified as an aromatase inhibitors (which are commonly used to prevent “a recurrence of cancer in women with early-stage breast cancer after their tumors are removed by surgery”); the tests are looking to see how effective exemestane iz in preventing breast cancer in post-menopausal women. Learn about MSP posts as they happen by following us on Twitter@mysexprofessor or make friends with us on Facebook. Continue Reading →