Three of SA’S most well-known voices have their say.
As someone who grew up in rural Transkei, breasts were just breasts. They were there to perform a function, and it was to feed babies. In the village I grew up in, it was not unusual to see exposed breasts – a mother feeding a baby, young girls or women walking barebreasted. Growing up, there were always traditional ceremonies occurring, and young unmarried women would dress in traditional Xesibe outfits. They were not self-conscious, nor did I observe any sexualisation of the breasts. The covering of breasts or wearing bras is very new for a vast majority of black South African women, the phenomenon is less than 50 years old. For example, Xhosa women were smoking centuries ago with no one to judge until the missionaries came. So, make of that what
you will.” khaya dlanga, writer
“Breasts are a massive tease. We know they’re there, but they’re almost always hidden or covered up, so we’re constantly trying to figure out what they look like. The fact that they’re hidden makes them that much more desirable. As a huge fan of body positivity, I think it’s unfortunate that we’ve been brainwashed by society’s idea of what the perfect breasts and perfect woman are.” donovan goliath, comedian
“The question of whether a woman’s breasts influence the way I view her is as brutal as a brick in the face. And I refuse to elaborate, because men are already trash. I honestly struggle with flatchested women, but it has nothing to do with her femininity. Just like some ladies can’t ‘do’ short men – it’s a preference. Fake boobs aren’t my vibe, either. Saggy is the way to go! Who am I to go against gravity? I can’t remember clearly when I became aware of their power, but one thing I’ve wanted from the moment I was born was a breast and that’s all I’ve wanted ever since.” siv ngesi, entertainer