Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

Florence Williams / Jun 05, 2020
Breasts A Natural and Unnatural History Did you know that breast milk contains substances similar to cannabis Or that it s sold on the Internet for times the price of oil Feted and fetishized the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece B
  • Title: Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
  • Author: Florence Williams
  • ISBN: 9780393345070
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Paperback
  • Did you know that breast milk contains substances similar to cannabis Or that it s sold on the Internet for 262 times the price of oil Feted and fetishized, the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece But in the modern world, the breast is changing Breasts are getting bigger, arriving earlier, and attracting newfangled chemicals Increasingly, the odds are stacked againsDid you know that breast milk contains substances similar to cannabis Or that it s sold on the Internet for 262 times the price of oil Feted and fetishized, the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece But in the modern world, the breast is changing Breasts are getting bigger, arriving earlier, and attracting newfangled chemicals Increasingly, the odds are stacked against us in the struggle with breast cancer, even among men What makes breasts so mercurial and so vulnerable In this informative and highly entertaining account, intrepid science reporter Florence Williams sets out to uncover the latest scientific findings from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medicine Her investigation follows the life cycle of the breast from puberty to pregnancy to menopause, taking her from a plastic surgeon s office where she learns about the importance of cup size in Texas to the laboratory where she discovers the presence of environmental toxins in her own breast milk The result is a fascinating exploration of where breasts came from, where they have ended up, and what we can do to save them.
    Breasts A Natural and Unnatural History Despite existing primarily for feeding babies, breasts have been sexualized and fetishized However, in Breasts A Natural and Unnatural History, the author takes a serious look at breasts and their role in human development and how modern lifestyles may be contributing to breast cancer. Breasts Unbound book Florence Williams Breasts A Natural and Unnatural history By Florence Williams Winner, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, , Winner, Audie Award for Nonfiction from Audible , Notable Book of , New York Times An engaging expose about an incredible, life giving organ and its imperiled modern fate Feted and fetishized, the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece. Breasts A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams Jan , Breasts A Natural and Unnatural History is all about boobies as one might expect from the title including their evolution, function, and roll in culture However, than the above, the book is about breast illness and environmental toxins and how human exposure to new chemicals may be changing breast health and that of breast feeding infants. Breast Shapes Different Shapes and Sizes, Nipple Types Apr , The archetypal breast round and full with a small point at the nipple is considered the standard for breast type It s what most bra manufacturers model their designs after But How to reduce breast size natural methods Breasts A Documentary TV Movie Directed by Meema Spadola With Birgitte, Susan Mason, Tawny Peaks, Rachel Rocketts Twenty two women ranging in age from to , with breasts, talk about their breasts most are topless as they speak They talk about adolescence, bras, commercial images of women s figures, having implants or, in one case, a breast reduction, health problems with silicone, doctors exams I think you
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    1. Crunchy, crunchy, crunchy book I could pour some milk on it and eat it for breakfast, it was that crunchy The author, Florence Williams, is a self proclaimed granola girl, and the back flap says she is a contributing editor of Outside magazine, so fair enough, I guess, but damn she had me fooled with the subtitle a natural and unnatural history It should have been Breasts if you think they evolved as a sexual display you are fooled by patriarchy, and chemicals give you breast cancer and They don [...]


    2. Yes, I m fascinated by them Have been all my life I think this guy gets a good part of it right.Were you staring at my breasts Because they re wonderful you re flaunting them I glance at, even stare at fascinating, beautiful things So yeah, I went through the child s comfort, the adolescent sexual thrill OK, I m not through that one, but I m not even 60 yet then the father s jealousy Kids don t share well now the mature relatively appreciation of the issues my well endowed wife has dealing with [...]


    3. Breasts, I got a pair I pretty much know their purpose they turn men in to babies and help babies grow into toddlers I also know they need to be squished between two metal plates once a year to screen for breast cancer Other than that, what s to know Apparently lots of scary facts about how our breasts are ultra sensitive to chemicals, pollutants and other environmental factors, and how this makes us susceptible to disease Even worse, it raises the question that just maybe _gasp_ breast may not [...]


    4. Full disclosure As anyone checking out my friends will see, I am friends with Florence Williams She is brilliant and funny in person Turns out she is on paper as well I picked up this book because I wanted to support her writing I finished it in a few days because I found I couldn t put it down The book begins with a list of humorous words for breasts Funbags Boobsters Chumbawumbas Dingle bobbers but, while she peppers the entire book with humorous anecdotes, she doesn t shy away from serious is [...]


    5. Breasts A Natural and Unnatural History is a nonfiction, science book researched and written by science reporter Florence Williams The information presented in this book was not only incredibly informative, but it altered my perspective on breast health in general Ms Williams discusses the breast in scientific detail, from an evolution perspective as to why the breast starting developing in the first place to how our modern life water air pollution, toxic chemicals, oral contraception, etc is ne [...]


    6. Every year in my elementary school, there was a lesson about head lice, either a filmstrip or a weekly reader article, and, I would spend the entire lesson trying not to scratch my head at the thought of lice Florence Williams book is like that Informative, interesting, even entertaining, but it made me itch Breasts begins with the laughable evolutionary theories of why humans alone have breasts, all of which center on men liking them She gives us a peak into the world of breast implants the his [...]



    7. The subtitle of this book should really be How breasts are under researched and full of toxins that you will pump into your child and did I mention breastfeeding yet Don t get me wrong, it was interesting and informative But it was heavily focused on breast health cancer, toxins toxins toxins and breastfeeding if you don t breastfeed your children are probably doomed to lower IQs and bad health and junk Bad bad bad Which, okay, is fine because it s very relevant But based on the title and descri [...]


    8. I work for a breast cancer non profit, so I expected quite a bit from this book As a man, husband, and father to three girls, my expectations were exceeded In fluid and passionate prose and often humorous , Florence Williams explores what is known and unknown about the breasts I think the main surprise for me is what is actually unknown We assume that there s entire organizations that study the structure and mechanics of this vital organ, but in reality, that is not the case Also, as someone in [...]


    9. The author s style is entertaining and incredibly easy to read, even for a book rich with scientific information That information, however, is very frustrating for a person who, unlike the author, understands the difference between correlation and causation While I believe Florence Williams was well intentioned, her agenda of conveying every theory on chemicals despite whether or not science supports them, made me question the validity of the entire book I began skipping entire sections whenever [...]


    10. It was nice to have a book about breasts written by a woman who has a pair of her own The chapters on the human evolution of breasts and the history of breast implants were fascinating I was not so keen on the rest of the book It was rather terrifying to think about the ever earlier arrival of puberty for and girls in our society A large portion of the book deals with breast cancer, chemicals, chemicals in breastmilk, etc and I found this portion very frustrating to read I wanted to see charts [...]


    11. Full of facts, some cool, some scary she starts out with a pleasantly chatty whimsical narrative style that made me willing to persevere through the less amusing bits of this Sometimes we just want to put our hands over our eyes and refuse to see or hear I want to keep all the good news and forget the bad.


    12. Breasts A Natural and Unnatural History is all about boobies as one might expect from the title including their evolution, function, and roll in culture However, than the above, the book is about breast illness and environmental toxins and how human exposure to new chemicals may be changing breast health and that of breast feeding infants The book is scientific in its approach and is not salacious in any way all the same, I d recommend that guys who read on the train or other public places get [...]


    13. It s shocking how little we know about breasts and breastmilk, and I had no idea we knew so little until I read this book It had a lot about environmental toxins than I would have expected, but it s a very worthwhile read it s not scandalous or sexy, but informative and easy to get through I thought the author was a little OMG THERE ARE THINGS IN MY BREASTMILK, IT S PROBABLY TERRIBLE FOR MY BABY than she needed to be I am totally biased on the subject but she sometimes made it sound as though [...]


    14. ah, boobies.This book should be called Millions of Chemicals in Your Environment and How They Are Killing You since the scope of the book deals with creating awareness of how toxic our environment is I am guessing Breasts was chosen instead as it would sell better.The biggest thing i learned was that most people, even scientists, don t think that chemicals can cause cancer and disease I am assuming this is beyond known carcinogens If most people think that chemicals do not impact their bodies t [...]


    15. So, Florence Williams is not Mary Roach Which is to say, she isn t as funny, and I ve never found Mary Roach s books to have a hidden agenda I m obviously scared about the amount of pollutants and other environmental chemicals that have ended up in my body and breastmilk, and I m understandably concerned about the effect those things are going to have on my daughter and future children I live next to both a freeway and an airport in California, Flame Retardant Capital of the universe, so it s a [...]


    16. Breasts a Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams is an important book What woman doesn t have a friend or family member who has gotten breast cancer Florence Williams answers all the questions you might have had about breasts and many you could never have imagined One out of eight women in the United States will get breast cancer Women today are getting the disease at a far younger age than previous generations This book is a must read for every woman and man There is even a chapter [...]


    17. Five stars I loved this book It was non fiction that I could actually read at bedtimeat is a tall order Williams strikes just the right tone, balancing science and a lot of scary facts with humor and a very readable style I particularly enjoyed the evolutionary history of the breast, which made me really appreciate the benefits of lactation for the species I was already in awe of the breast after going through pregnancy and nursing, and after this book I am even so I think Williams own words su [...]


    18. First, let me say that I highly recommend this book to anyone with a pair of breasts Seriously It made me think about mine in a whole new way I heard about the book on NPR, and I wanted a copy just about as soon as it was released This book is in much the same style as Mary Roarch books, lots of science information but presented with humor, interviews with scientists and anecdotes The book initially starts with an evolutionary biology perspective, and throughout she is most interested in breasts [...]


    19. sigh.This is a weird read It s scientific, it s medical, it s social, it s political It had some humor, lots of paranoia inducing statistics, some sentiment.It s about breasts, but ultimately is of a social stance against big companies and pollution Chemicals are in everything, toxins are everywhere Cancer is a large, large part of this thesis And it makes sense, obviously, as breast cancer is real and rates are constantly increasing So this book begins with theories of the evolution of human b [...]


    20. Wow I did not enjoy this book.I thought it was going to be a book about breasts and it turned out to be a book about breast cancer and chemicals.I know there are bad chemicals all over the place and that there are many things that put women and men at a higher risk of getting breast cancer, but I specifically do not read books about those things because I don t feel like being terrified to touch and or eat anything.How am I supposed to feel now that I know there was likely flame retardants in my [...]


    21. Throughout, Williams discusses research into the impact of our environment on breasts The chapters on the human evolution of breasts and the history of breast implants were fascinating I was not so keen on the rest of the book.Williams writing measures up to the positive qualities of a good journalist, however, I think some of her conclusions could have been a little carefully drawn.I wanted about the history of breasts, about bra industry, the plastic surgery industry, about boobs rather tha [...]


    22. Absolutely loved the narrator of this book Her voice was fantastic.This is an interesting look at the history of breasts Not just how and why they evolved no one knows but also what role they play in nature, nurture, and the history of the human species Why they are so fascinating on a cultural level but glaringly overlooked when it comes to the study of science.



    23. Ms Williams starts her book on breasts on a jolly, even slightly lascivious note Funbags Boobsters Chumbawumbas Dingle bobbers Dairy pillows Jellybonkers Num numbs We love breasts, yet we can t quite take them seriously We name them affectionately, but with a hint of insult Breasts embarrass us They re unpredictable They re goofy They can turn both babies and grown men into lunkheads.Williams quickly turns serious In the United States, 700 new chemicals come on the market each year, in addition [...]


    24. Such a great topic, but I wish the book went deeper I learned so much but now I have new questions Like how does the mother s guy bacteria get into the breast milk Reads like a Mary Roach book Light on the science Here is a line that sends up red flags we used to think breast milk was sterile, like urine No I don t enjoy reading chemical scare stuff but this reads quick and light What I learned camp Lejeune is polluted Blood antigen markers pass from mother to baby in breast milk and play a role [...]


    25. At first I thought the author will talk about breast from various field of knowledge such as history, sociology, anthropology or pop culture But actually she focused on the biology breast development, breast cancer and such If those are what you re looking for, great Because she tells it with amazing details But if you re like me, then meh, this is not for you.


    26. This is definitely a hard hitting science book, delving quite deep into issues ranging from biochemistry to genetics to microbiology to the science and history of pollution Though it does touch upon issues of psychology, sociology, and anthropology and some of human history and fashion, for the most part the book is pretty hard science interspersed with relevant anecdotes from the author s own life as a woman and a mother I won t lie, some chapters were hard to get through, either from an unfami [...]


    27. I am often drawn to the cover of a book primly a book is judged by a cover until it is read that is not the case with Breasts a natural and unnatural history I picked up this book for the title, I don t know why.riosity I suppose I hardly got to page two before I was recommending the book on It is funny and devastatingly informative While I have had a pair of breasts since my own puberty and never realized how much I didn t know about these fascinating organs Not even the experts among us are ce [...]


    28. This book was disturbing to me on several levels In a humorous and engaging way, it points out ways that environmental toxins accumulate in our bodies particularly in our breasts and gives examples of how these toxins could affect our health We need to be disturbed and shaken up in this way to face uncomfortable possibilities, to learn of how we can protect our health and that of our children, and to raise public awareness of issues that need research awareness that could lead to improved over [...]


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