A documentary of puberty in girls featuring over 100 photos of breast development and other changes as a girl passes through puberty.
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Girl Becomes Woman
Anjeza at 10, from Girl Becomes Woman
I'm an American teacher and photographer taking a modern look at an ancient problem: breast shame. Body shame seems like an inevitable flaw in the human psyche, but I believe it's better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
It's clear that young girls during puberty are often ashamed of their breasts while they are growing, because of their "small" size or "pointed" shape. Clothing isn't considered enough to cover growing breasts, so in public arms are often raised or books held up to hide the uncomfortable development. Some women report having felt so embarrassed about their growing breasts that they fantasized cutting them off (1).
The embarrassment often persists into adulthood, so that many women feel too ashamed to perform periodic breast self-exams, or when a suspicious lump is discovered they won't see a doctor until the tumor has grown huge or spread and drastic surgery becomes necessary. The potentially fatal decision to not breastfeed your child is often influenced by breast shame, and failure to breastfeed also correlates with poorer health in children and increased risk of both breast cancer and endometrial cancer of the uterus (2,3).
Breast shame is a widespread problem in Western countries, originating in our neglect and mis-education of children. Instead of teaching children to be proud of their breasts, adults merely exhibit their own inherited shame and say nothing. Does a "training bra" serve some rational purpose, or is it a kind of "dog collar" as one woman called it?
Many uninhibited observers would add: growing breasts aren't ugly, they're beautiful, and the sudden and relatively fast development of breasts around puberty is one of the most wonderful miracles in life. The first logical step in combating breast shame is to bring the subject out of the closet and into public discussion. What better way than to publish beautiful photos of a girl's breasts during this fascinating stage of life?
For the past seven years I've been documenting one girl's passage through puberty with photographs in color and black and white, and detailed text describing her thoughts and experiences as her flat chest budded and then blossomed into full maturity (Tanner Stage five). Girl Becomes Woman is a true documentary, presenting objective observations, and information from competent representatives of different views about the subject - not merely propaganda promoting some particular ideology. This ambitious project is also a unique challenge to superficial censorship. Read the 12-page introduction here.
You can get this eBook FREE only if you read Real Child Safety first and then answer a questionnaire to show you don't have prurient interests. Due to attacks by paypal and others the concise eBook Real Child Safety is now distributed by the Foundation for Research and Education on Child Safety Are you satisfied with how the world is, or will you join me in changing it?
(1) Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book 3rd ed. by Susan Love, M.D. (Perseus Publishing, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2000), p. 15.
(2) The Breast by Drs. Andrew and Penny Stanway (Granada Publishing, London, 1982), p. 16.
(3) The Politics of Breastfeeding: When Breasts are Bad for Business (3rd ed.) by Gabrielle Palmer (Pinter and Martin, London, 2009).
New Video for children: Buddy Massage
This short video demonstrates some massage techniques for kids. A professional masseur or even a knowledgeable adult can do a better job, of course, but kids enjoy massaging each other and reap some of the same benefits of a professional massage, as well as comforting a sibling or friend who is stressed or overly excited. It's well-known that stress reduction modulates the immune system, which in turn increases our resistance to infection and possibly prevents auto-immune dysfunction. Buddy massage, in particular, is also conducive to interpersonal cooperation, and social integration, and with adult supervision buddy massage cultivates mutual respect and friendship. There is insufficient research to definitively confirm the benefits of massage, but according to the Mayo Clinic massage may aid in treating headaches, mood disturbances, insomnia and minor sports injuries.
There are two girls and two boys (how's that for gender equality!) aged five, eight, nine and ten. The two younger children being massaged are nude, as is normal during massage, but since this video is public their genital areas are covered and hidden from the camera. Family nudity is beautiful, but modesty is appropriate in public. The narration describes the importance of appropriate hygiene and mutual consent, as well as parental consent, and explains the easy techniques and relaxing pleasure of a massage done properly.
This short but high-quality video is only available as a free gift after you purchase Real Child Safety 2nd Edition. and then answer a questionnaire to prove you read it and show you don't have prurient interests. (Your personal data are not requested.) All profits from the sale of Real Child Safety will go to the Foundation for Research and Education on Child Safety. Real Child Safety 2nd Ed. can be ordered at: www.FRECS.org
Nothing in these eBooks or videos should be misunderstood or misrepresented as an endorsement or encouragement to any individuals or groups to violate any laws or conventional moral conduct. Children should always be safe and protected from any kind of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.
Anjeza at 13, from Girl Becomes Woman
All text & images copyright © 2009-2015 Frank Adamo (unless other copyright is indicated).
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