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INSPIRING QUOTATIONS about TOPFREEDOM for WOMEN

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From Breasts by Meema Spadola (Berkeley CA: Wildcat Canyon Press, 1998)

This journalistic book goes with the HBO documentary of the same name that Meema Spadola created in 1995-96 (when she was in her mid-20s).

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Hearing women's stories is powerful, but seeing real women's everyday breasts is also an important part of coming to terms with our own bodies. [p. vi]

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Ilana, 47: "In 1972 I was living in Berkeley, California with some male friends. One night is was really hot and humid, and my roommates were all walking around in shorts and nothing else. Well, I was hot too, so I went into my room, took a deep breath, took off my shirt, and appeared in the kitchen with only my shorts on to help with dinner. I still remember the look of shock on their faces. I felt incredibly empowered." [p. 60]

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Maya, 26, and her friends started their own movement in New York City, which they call The Strong Breast Revolution. Although they haven't yet recruited all the women of America, they've led their own rebellions, even appearing topless in public occasionally. Maya explained that she and the women she knew were tired of feeling self-conscious about their breasts.

She even wrote her own manifesto, in which she urges women to "gather together in solidarity. To be comfortable being with each other; to take off our shirts, our bras, and feel what it's like to sit in the grass and have the sun on them . . . It's a choice not to be bound, restricted, leashed any more." [p. 93]

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At a local birthing center . . . I met Carrie, who breastfed her daughter Lola as we spoke. "Since I've had Lola, I'm not embarrassed by my body any more. I don't flash anyone, but if someone has a problem with me nourishing my child, they should just go somewhere else. I've had people suggest that I go to the rest room, but I'm not about to sit on the toilet to feed my child." [p. 160]

 [Ilana] was scolded at a large family gathering when she covered her breasts and her baby's head with a scarf. "My grandmother got so upset. She said, 'You do not cover your baby's head. This is not a shame; this is a wonderful thing!'" [p. 161]

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