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March 2017



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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.


Like you, I wonder how many women do not know that this "underarm fat" is, as you pointed out, actually part of the breast. It's known as the "tail" of the breast and it absolutely should be included in breast self-exams. It is truly dismaying how little many women know about their own bodies, and how skewed our body image has become relative to what a normal healthy adult female body should look like. I catch myself at it time and again --like watching old movies from the 30's of those actresses in the slinky evening dresses and thinking "stomach poochie" and "thunder thighs"
Yeah. This is what women look like.