In defense of a double D

By Alicia Rebensdorf

By Letters to the Editor

Published December 14, 2000 8:23PM (EST)

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I'm in the same boat. Double D doesn't seem all that huge to me; I've never been able to understand why it's so hard to find bras that fit in my size. Aren't large breasts supposedly the sexualized ideal? Then why are bras for large breasts so unsexy, and so rare? It only gets worse if you have a baby and breast feed: For some reason nursing bras mostly stop at a G-cup, while we more bosomy moms may well need an I or a J -- a size that's not freaky, though it may sound so. My kingdom for a well-fitting, supportive bra.

Are any bra manufacturers out there reading Salon?

-- Tedra Osell

I could relate to the article about the woman with double D breasts. I am only 16 and I have to buy $60-$115 bras in specialty stores for my 34 DDD chest. I hate my breasts and it is not fair that I have them. I am labeled a slut because of them. They bounce disgustingly when I run or even walk down a set of stairs and people are not exactly as sensitive as they would be if I were handicapped or overweight. I have an average teenage frame but a 50-year-old woman's breasts.

Some of my friends complain about being small but when I ask if they'd like to look like me they grow pale and quiet, embarrassed. If I joke about it they think it is OK to make fun of me or they think I like having them. If I am serious they think I'm a bitch and they know what hurts me. When I get older I am definitely getting a breast reduction because they are heavy, stretched and are screwing up my already messed-up posture.

-- Kate Chobotuck

Your friends are jealous. I am a small-breasted woman with several well-endowed friends. If I heard any one of them talking about getting a breast reduction due to mild self-consciousness, I'd wonder aloud if she was crazy. I don't know about the other actresses you mention, but Kim Fields got hers reduced because they were causing her back pain. If your breasts are causing you pain, physical or emotional, then go for it. But having your body surgically altered because your clothes don't hang properly? Please. Wouldn't it be easier to have the clothes altered?

-- Wahrena Brown

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