The INSIDER Summary:
- On July 31, The Sun published a story that argued that large breasts have come back into fashion.
- The story went viral after the New York Post republished it.
- People on Twitter are furious with the story.
- Calling body parts a “trend” is problematic.
- Not to mention, this story pits women against each other and body-shames them.
It seems that every season there’s a new trend report telling women what to wear and how to dress.
But on July 31, UK tabloid The Sun went too far with its trend forecasting, when it published a story with the headline: “Big boobs bounce back as having an out-and-proud cleavage is now in — while having small boobs is no longer fashionable.”
The story struck a chord with readers and went viral after it was picked up by the New York Post, with the headline: “Boobs are back in a big way.”
Even though the article praised stars like Rihanna, Emily Ratajkowski, and Rita Ora for embracing their curves, it simultaneously tore down women with different body types.
People on social media were furious.
These convos about certain body parts and/or types being in or out are irritating to me. https://t.co/ReQLYJO8Bv
— IDKWHEREDAMUHFUGGAIS (@BougieLa) August 1, 2017
Boobs are back in a “big” way? What about girls with small boobs? Medium? Don’t discriminate, yo. All boobs are fantastic.
— Siskyphus (@siskyphus) August 1, 2017
boobs are back?? I mean last time I checked they were still part of the female body but ok glad to know they are a fashion statement again https://t.co/VWkBNYHMra
— Sophie ✨ (@sophdoesnails) August 1, 2017
Wtf is this supposed to mean? Lol boobs have always been “in” but it doesn’t matter how much or little you have..everyone’s differentt! https://t.co/WZZlhxN3ec
— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) August 2, 2017
“The perky little bosoms of supermodels such as Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid have reigned supreme” pic.twitter.com/ftol4mVGLJ
— samantha williams (@itssamwilliams) August 1, 2017
Some Twitter users responded with a touch of humor.
gotta ask my mom if she still has any of her old boobs from the 80s that I can wear https://t.co/TJ0eqMpslL
— Helena Fitzgerald (@helfitzgerald) August 1, 2017
thank god I can finally put my boobs back on https://t.co/TCf6GDtoJp
— Taylor Nicole Dean (@taylorndean) August 2, 2017
While the strong reactions prompted by the story speak for themselves, it’s worth pointing out why the story is so problematic.
Although the idea that breasts are making a “comeback” might seem like a victory for curvy women, any competition that pits women against each other is automatically a losing battle.
And even the praise the writer offered felt uncomfortable at times. For example, the story applauded Ora for “flaunting her impressive cleavage” while on vacation.