Read This Book: Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams

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Busy Boobs Working Bee

“Funbags. Boobsters. Chumawumbas. Dingle bobbers. Dairy pillows. Jellybonkers. Nim nums.” begins Florence William’s cheeky but serious “Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History.”

As a society, we love breasts, yet it’s difficult to take them seriously. Breasts feed us, nurture us and excite us. Williams follows breasts through their natural life cycle from puberty to changes during pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause.

She was inspired to write the book after participating in a study of her breast milk. The results were startling: her milk was full of chemicals from pesticides to flame-retardants.

Ken Ruzic

Ken Ruzic

She wonders about their psycho-sexual meaning and our society’s obsession with them. Breast implants are the most popular cosmetic surgery.

The biggest concern expressed in the book is the vulnerability of breasts. With fat and estrogen receptors that soak up pollution like a pair of soft sponges, one in eight women will have breast cancer in her lifetime.



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