Haute Flash Contessa

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

We Must, We Must, We Must Improve...

You never know what runs through the Contessa's mind when she's working out on the fly machine at the gym.

Thirty years ago in junior high gym class, girls worked out and chanted this little ditty:

We must, we must, we must improve our bust.
The bigger the better, the tighter the sweater.
We must, we must, we must improve our bust.

These days it goes more like this:

We must, we must, we must improve our bust.
Less droopier the better, more attractive the sweater.
We must, we must, we must improve our bust.


At 12:30 PM, Blogger Judy said...

Recently my husband told me that when he was in junior high he heard girls in gym class chanting: "We must, we must, we must develop our bust". I thought he was joking or lying or something. I am from another country and I am appalled to hear that girls were subjected to something like that. No wonder in this country girls' image is so tied out to such superficial things as their bust size. My conversation with my husband arose from a news clipping about a 42 year old woman who was raped in her house by a 17 year old burglar who was still in the house when she returned at night. My husband said, she was partly at fault for not being able to fight out a 17 year old boy. Further, it is too bad that girls are taught: " We must, we must, we must develop our bust" instead of learning self defense. I am saddened for women who grow up in this society who are blamed for being victimized by men and who live in a society that has such misplaced values.

Maybe you think these memories are funny. Perhaps you might want to consider the impact of this little chant on girl's psych as she grows up. What message is society trying to teach her. What effect does this chant have on a teenage boy who overheard and grows up to think of women as sexual objects and considers women partly at fault for being victimized.

On behalf on girls who were subjected to this chant, I am very angry and sad for them. I don't think it is funny.

I can be contacted at jshih610@gmail.com

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