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Teacher Lesson Return to "Big Breasts Are No Blessing"
Big Breasts Are No Blessing
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Lesson for “Big Breasts”

In “Big Breasts,” the writer discusses her emotional and physical discomfort with having large breasts. Strangers, friends, and even family members humiliate her with offensive comments, and she dresses in baggy clothes to avoid attention and keep boys at a distance. She’s become more comfortable with her body in recent years, although the threat of embarrassment is always there.

Prompts for discussion and/or writing:

—What is your reaction to the way friends and family treat the writer?

—Is there something about your appearance that makes you feel self-conscious? What is it and how do you deal with it?

—People tell the writer she’s lucky to have the body she does, but she doesn’t agree. Is there something in your life that you’ve been told to appreciate, but that hasn’t been a source of pleasure for you? (It could be a physical attribute, something about your family, etc.) Have you come to view that aspect of yourself in a more positive fashion? If so, how? If not, why not?

—The writer is teased by males, but also by her aunt. Is it surprising to you that women tease her, as well as men? Why or why not?

—This was not an easy topic for the author to write about. Write a short letter to her, telling her what you think of her for sharing such a private subject.
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