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Thursday, 8 March 2012

To Be or 36B, A Question of Identity

Who are these women who keep their brains
stashed in their pre-moulded bras?
In fifty years, I’ve known many women,
few as shallow as those posited here.
As a child I aspired to a 36B
and learned how inches count;
at fourteen, though, I was never tempted
to give up the power to think.
At least, in ’68, the tits were real
and the best and the biggest of them sagged;
implants were beyond our reach
and the airbrush as yet undreamed.
Now the media would have us teach
our daughters that Essex is the only way.
Perhaps they think, by such a project,
to keep them mute and unschooled.

© Abigail Wyatt

Would you rather have big boobs or brains?
Abigail publishes poetry and short fiction. She lives in Redruth, Cornwall and performs her work at the Melting Pot, Krowji, The Unplugged Chameleon, St Ives, and The Be Spoken Word in Penzance.


  1. Nicely put. That survey is very worrying though. Still it was rather limited to the readership of a particular website, so perhaps not so worrying really.

  2. I suspect that it is less the 'evidence' of the so-called 'research' that we should be worrying about and more the project that is underway to turn back the clock in terms of women's rights and freedoms. It seems to me that the publishing of this kind of article is part of that project. Thank you for reading and for taking the time to comment.