This was an actual question that was asked on a friend’s status about the recent campaign concerning pregnancy and breast cancer.
This single statement is a perfect example of the separation of breasts from their owners and their most basic functions. What do breasts and pregnancy have in common? If a biological female gets pregnant then their body will change a lot to prepare for the baby and their breasts will begin to produce milk. When the baby is born, they use those breasts to feed their baby. Breasts are for reproductive purposes. They have many other uses and their is nothing wrong with whatever one decides to do with their own breasts, but in their most basic function, breasts and pregnancy have EVERYTHING in common.
The problem is that people do not see them that way. In our society, breasts are thought of as inherently sexual. Breasts cannot be exposed in public because they are dirty. If someone breast feeds their child in front of others, people will complain or look at them in disgust. That’s not the case all over the world, though. Certain countries have less hangups about nudity and it is perfectly acceptable for someone to breast feed in public. They need to care for their young. There is nothing dirty about it.
Breasts do not exist merely for sexual purposes but the fact that this man cannot even fathom the connection breasts have to a breast owner’s own uses means that breasts do not really belong to us. My breasts don’t belong to me. They belong to anyone else who wants to use them for their own gratification. That is their status now. My breasts are not for my own sexual pleasure or to nurture my young or play with when I’m lying on the couch watching a movie. They are for everyone else. The question really translates to “What are breasts for, if not to please others?”