MSP Quote of the Day

"Diamonds, as De Beers and a James Bond novel once suggested, are meant to last forever. But breast implants often do not." – Natasha Singer, in this New York Times piece about the lifespan of breast implants

Sometimes I worry that one day I will give in and get breast implants. I like my boobs! I think they’re cool. And yet I know they will age… and droop… especially if I have babies and breastfeed. But isn’t one of the neat things about the human body that you can see the imprints in your life in the way that it wears over time? There’s something a bit creepy to me about 60 year old women with breasts that a perkier than a 20 year old who stuffs herself into a push-up bra. Not even 20 year olds have perky breasts – or at least not in the locker room when their push-up bras are off. I wish that we could publicly appreciate aging bodies more than we seem to.

The irony thing is that every generation seems to make it harder on themselves. By criticizing people for being old/fat/saggy/wrinkled we create a culture that perpetuates jokes against people for being old/fat/saggy/wrinkled and then when we become old/fat/saggy/wrinkled, we become the butt of the younger generation’s jokes about being old/fat/saggy/wrinkled. [Cue J.T.'s What Goes Around Comes Back Around]

Here’s another quote from the breast implant article:

“Your implants may last less than 10 years or more than 10 years, but when you start having problems with them, your health insurance is unlikely to cover the M.R.I. tests or the reoperations,” said Carol Ciancutti-Leyva, the director of a 2007 anti-implant documentary called “Absolutely Safe.” “It can be a very expensive proposition, especially if you are young.”

Scary stuff. I wonder if Victoria Beckham will come discuss why she (supposedly) removed her implants – I think she looks better without them anyway, given the wonders she does with the push-up bra that her publicist said she typically wears. And when she lets them hang down more naturally in low-cut dresses? Stunning. It reminds me of the original Charlies Angels when it was considered beautiful in the 60s and 70s for women to show the natural form of their breasts.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at