In many cases it adds to the authenticity of the tradition. And then there is also the beautiful culture of the Xulu girls being topless which despite being aware of it touching on controversial relations has never come across worrying. But upon surfing the net on various African cultures I did come to realize the tradition has stirred many controversial topics. Are these girls living in rural village homes deeply embedded in this culture where it means nothing to them?
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Recent news reports in the UK of breast ironing portray yet more ways in which culture causes harm to young girls. It involves using an object to massage, pound, or press the breasts flat. According to the United Nations, 3. While reports on the horrors of female genital mutilation, forced marriage and so-called honour killings are common, people are perhaps less aware of the practice where young girls, as puberty sets in, have their breasts ironed flat. The practice mirrors ugly misogynistic beliefs and values that underpin other abusive practices. It is ultimately reflective of a power dynamic that demands female submissiveness and complete control over the sexuality of women and girls. Breast ironing has been an embedded part of the socialisation of young girls from affected communities for quite some time.
Breast ironing is a harmful practice to young girls that isn’t getting sufficient attention
Maybe the opposition to this day was justified. Breast cancer survivors who have had their breasts removed may not want a national no bra day to be associated with their struggle. Why is it that I live in a world where I have to tell my daughter to cover up but her male equivalent can run around with his shirt off? For religious reasons, Muslim women are told they will be closer to God if they cover up their hair by wearing a hijab but Muslim men are not told the same thing.