I am delighted to offer this guest blog by Meagan Murphy, my former student and producer of the upcoming documentary The Breast Archives.
This blog is about celebrating breasts.
The media, and our culture, want to define breasts very narrowly—as sexy, as sick, or as a source for milk.
The truth is our breasts are ours to define and they represent the promise of the wonderful experience of being a woman.
When our breasts come in, it’s a brief, precise moment that influences our relationship with our breasts and bodies for a lifetime. This relationship is largely uncharted, and can feel scary for both teens and their parents.
We hear you asking:
- How can I help teens navigate this moment in their lives in healthier ways?
- How do I uplift the girls I’m mentoring so that they can transcend the body-based anxiety they’re experiencing?
- How can I rewrite this story for myself or for my children?
Other people looking at, judging, and objectifying your breasts should be much less important than how YOU feel about your body. How do we get there? What are you doing now to celebrate your body? How can we support the young women in our lives?One way that we think you can plant the seed of love is through a breast care practice, so stay tuned for our next post which will include tips for building your connection to your body.
~ Meagan Murphy
Meagan Murphy is the producer of The Breast Archives (to be released this fall). She brings 20+ years of experience in film and broadcast, including 12 years with PBS. Meagan earned a Communicator’s Award for her work with teens and a Medical Journalism Fellowship. She also completed a 2-year women’s mystery school.
"I believe lasting social change can be generated through storytelling and film. When we share our stories with courage and daring we help create a world where everyone is seen. My journey with The Breast Archives documentary project has awakened and inspired me to develop a concept called "sensual feminism,” which is empowerment that’s derived from the integration of the sensual self with our day-to-day psyche.