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Bare Reality: 100 Women, Their Breasts, Their Stories

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I feel tender about my own experience as a woman and full of admiration and warmth for female experience. Intimate, visually refreshing, maybe even surprising, Bare Reality will make you reconsider how you think and feel about your own body, and those of the women in your life.

Her previous books 'Bare Reality: 100 women, their breasts, their stories', 'Manhood: The Bare Reality' and 'Womanhood: The Bare Reality' attracted worldwide media coverage and excellent reviews. They talk about their boobs but really, they are just an extension of these wonderful, warm and funny individuals. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.I have always been fascinated by the dichotomy between women’s personal lives and how they are depicted by the media; between how we feel about breasts privately and how they are presented for public consumption. I love that the subjects' own words and stories are edited minimally, only for flow, and allowed to come through in each woman's voice.

This book goes some way to answering some of those questions, and also highlights women's positive and negative impressions of themselves, attitudes of others, and the role breasts play in British culture - impressions that interestingly, often conflict with some of the other contributors. We see images of breasts everywhere in the media and yet “real” breasts are taboo, hidden away beneath clothes and bras.

Culturally and personally, no body part inspires love and hate, fear and lust, worship and desecration in the same way. Breasts are catalysts for discussing intimate aspects of women’s lives, such as growing up, sexuality, motherhood, breastfeeding, relationships, body image, health, cancer and ageing. I'm now reading the sequel, 'Manhood' which I thought I'd maybe learn less from as it was my own gender talking but it's proving quite the opposite. These days we are all less bound by gender and traditional roles, but is there more confusion about what being a man means?

There has been so much public debate about breasts recently, from Free the Nipple to No More Page 3, from breastfeeding selfies on Facebook to Rihanna on the red carpet. It celebrates the diversity of women’s bodies, and refocuses us to the stories that our bodies can tell and the value they hold, rather than the various ways they can be judged. In Bare Reality, 100 women bravely share un-airbrushed photographs of their breasts alongside honest, courageous, powerful and humorous stories about their breasts and their lives. From smooth Barbie dolls to internet porn, girls and women grow up with a very narrow view of what they should look like, even though in reality there is an enormous range. We gratefully accept the author's kind offer of a donation from the sale of each book, which will help us to continue our work to prevent breast cancer before it starts by reducing our routine exposure to the harmful chemicals in our every day products, food and environment.Women from all walks of life took part, aged from 19 to 101, sized AAA to K, from Buddhist nun to burlesque dancer. Ich schau das Buch mit meiner 12-Jährigen Tochter an, sie fand es erst sehr seltsam, aber nun hat sie Spaß dran und vielleicht schafft es etwas Freiheit im Vergleich zu Germanys next top Model. I guess also that the nature of a project like this relies on volunteers with an interest in the subject, so may not get a full cross-section of women.

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