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November 2015



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the heartbreak of armpit fat.

I have just discovered the official silliest piece of fatphobia I have ever encountered in my born days.

Apparently, we are all now supposed to be terrified of exposing our unsightly armpit fat.

Based on my admittedly cursory internet research, and exemplified by the image above, I would worry about the health consequences for any woman concerned with armpit fat, because it would suggest that she is not doing her breast self-exam properly. What we see above, in the damning orange circles, is in fact part of the boob. And the problem is that Madam is not wearing a properly-fitting bra, as the one illustrated above is at least two cup sizes too small and one band size too large. The little metal bits (we call them 'underwires') are meant to lie flat against the ribcage, not sit halfway up Mount Doom like the track of a sidehill hoofer.

Why yes, I am supposed to be writing a novel. Why do you ask?

But the patriarchy is in my armpits. Some things just can't wait.


In my experience as a 36D, the women who endorse sentiments like this are B cups are smaller.

IOW, I'm so very glad you have breasts that make not wearing a bra possible. I absolutely do not have breasts that make not wearing a bra possible, not if I want to to anything other than sit on my ass all day.

You'll take my underwire bra from my cold, dead hands.

(And, yes, that's me in the icon, wearing a horrible painful torture device properly-fitted custom corset (which sadly no longer fits as I've lost weight, *sigh* $650 corset).)
Gorgeous corset.

Yeah, a properly fitting corset did wonders for my back pain. Wow. Not so great for sitting down in, but hey. *g*
Thanks! I have one which I made, for like $75 of materials, which also doesn't fit, stupid weight loss. But the Victorian costumes I made to fit over those corsets fit without corseting now, so yay? maybe?

It's from Dark Garden. I think that model (mine's actually a cross between the Sweetheart Victorian and the Aziza) runs upwards of $1000 now. Which is why I'm always skeptical of the online corset shops that claim to sell custom corsets for $150. I can't buy off-the-rack, because I'm short-waisted (my hip to waist rise is 4") and hourglass-shaped (there's a 10" increase over those 4"), so it's either make it myself or pay someone else a Lot Of Money. Good thing I know how to sew ;)

I should ask my friend who does custom corsetry if there's any way to save my pretty corset without spending another $600 altering it...
I haven't seen a B cup since I was 13, and that was a long, LONG time ago.

I don't engage in strenuous sports, but I do recognize the need for restraint. I'm just so tired of feeling like I'm being cut in half. You couldn't get me in an underwire bra at gunpoint.
Huh. I have a suspicion that maybe your bras don't fit the way they should.
I'm sure they don't. But the nearest place I could go for a fitting--IF it's available--is 70 miles away, and I tend to put on weight as soon as I lose it, that would be a hell of a lot of driving.

So I tend to go braless at home, with gratitude. My mother would be appalled, God rest her.
You can do it yourself with a friend and a measuring tape--and at least get a pretty good guess.

Seriously, comfortable bras are life changing.

Herroom has a pretty good list of fit problems and how to correct them.