I am really behind the curve, and most people are so tired of reading about this they could scream, but my mind can't help returning to the current OSBP drama, and why I think stickers saying "Yes you can ask to touch my breasts" -- even when initiated by women, even when done with the best intentions -- are such a horrid idea. And all I can say is "Just because it is...."

Which is a lousy answer to anything.

But it's the only answer I've got.

The Open Source Boobs Project is a bad idea because....

Because there are women just like me who often cannot wear bras and who can tell you just what sort of looks they get for that.

Because people make Dolly Parton jokes, even though she is in fact an incredibly shrewd businesswoman.

Because it still is a big deal that Brandi Chastain tore off her shirt.

Because there are still places where nursing mothers get harassed by restaurant owners.

Because there are high school seniors who want breast augmentation surgery for graduation.

Because Stephanie Kuleba is not going to see her nineteenth birthday.

Because as much as we may wish it away, there are large portions of the population -- not exclusively male, either -- for whom a woman's breasts are of paramount importance in any evaluation of her attractiveness. Encouraging people in that assessment -- even unintentionally -- is a bad thing.
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