breast

noun

1        Anatomy, Zoology. (in bipeds) the outer, front part of the thorax, or the front part of the body from the neck to the abdomen; chest.

2       Either of the two soft, protruding organs on the upper front of a woman’s body that secrete milk after pregnancy.

Synonyms include mammary gland. Mammary, like mamma. The thing you are called by the child who feeds off your breast. Mamma, the thing you are not called by the boys who voted you “girl with the biggest tits” in seventh grade. The thing you are not called by the men who send you unsolicited messages on social media talking about your body. Mamma, the thing you are not called when a man jiggles your breasts because he finds them sexy. Not the thing you call yourself when you poke at them and stuff them into a bra to prevent the natural sag and shape. Not the thing you call yourself when you hide your nipples so as not to draw attention to them. Because they are the only things you thought were worth a second look on your body, but now you have learned to love it all and you want them to. Now you want to display your nipples proudly through the thin material of your t-shirt as a big middle finger to the patriarchy that tells you what they are good for. Let them hang and move and promote the lymphatic drainage they were designed for. Mamma, not the thing they think of when they fetishize your body. Mamma, the thing they don’t call you when they tell you to cover up, even though you are doing the thing your title suggests. Mamma, the people they don’t think about when they rub up on you. Mama, the place you came from. Mamma, giver of life. Mammary, giver of life. Breast, giver of life.

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