We've spent a lot of time here at YourTango talking about breasts: their size, how to support them, breasts that are au naturale versus those that have been surgically enhanced. In all this time, we've focused primarily on the heft of our boobage. The cleavage. The sensual roundness of our breasts in all of their glorious entirety. Whom they belong to after having a baby. But now it seems as if we've been missing out on a crucial sector of the boobage debate: nipples.
How dare we neglect this body part, so rich with opportunity for awkward self-consciousness!? According to The Faster Times, women in Japan have expressed displeasure with the color of their nipples, claiming that darker brown nipples are unappealing, while perfectly pink ones are... cute. The piece goes on to say that, "there's a belief in Japan that pink nipples denote purity, while brown ones... don't." And so, women have turned to beauty products—such as Virgin Pink and Pink Cream—to turn their nipples pink. Doctors Notice Upswing In Nipple Surgeries
Several things come to mind upon reading this:
1. What the what!?
3. I'm too busy worrying about my underarm fat and my large feet to worry about my nipples!
4. Speaking of nipples, why is it considered so obscene when the outline of a woman's nips is visible through her top? Because I really hate wearing bras, and I'd love it if I could go braless without having people look at me as if I were the neighborhood harlot. Going Braless: Yay or Nay?
5. On a more serious note, I was already horrified by products like the Neckline Slimmer, which invite women to hate yet another part of their bodies. The proliferation of skin lightening creams just adds to this. After all, how much of an impact does nipple color (and neck fat, for that matter) really make when it comes to male attraction? And who the heck wants to be with a man who cares about nipple color (or neck fat) anyway? And whose kneecaps do I have to bust in order to make this crap go away? 7 Body Parts Men Love—Just The Way They Are
Women: Which body parts do you unhealthily obsess over? Do you have an intense, unusual beauty regimen that you subject yourself to on a day-to-day basis? And men: Does nipple color really matter? (Don't make me slap you.)