It’s Time to Go Topless

We know what you think, but we’ll stop you right there – you’re only half correct. Let us show you how going topless this summer can do more for you than just get rid of your tan lines. 

Ah, cleavage – it brings us such joy… Most of the time. Aside from being a source of food for tiny humans, our breasts are also the reason we can’t button our shirts properly, something that hurts us during PMS and jogging, something that we have to cover up on most beaches with swimsuits that get increasingly harder to find…need we go on?

Despite the litany of drawbacks we just listed, we are pretty appreciative of our boobs (and our partner probably is too!) but when is the last time we really celebrate having them?

Go Topless Day

Top(less) o’the Morning to You!

Sunday nearest August 26th (this year it is August 25th) is Breast Appreciation Day (it’s actually Go Topless Day, but this sounded better) and we think you should celebrate it to the fullest. The premise is very simple. Everything you usually do at home, do it topless.

That’s right – cook topless, have coffee topless, eat topless, watch TV topless, but no touching allowed. If you want to spice things up even further, throw a remote controlled sex toy into the mix. You’ll both be crazy before the end of the day. Of course, you get to decide when to stop playing hard to get, but the naughty minds at LELO recommend you hold out for as long as you can. Play clueless and let your breasts do all the work for you  – though if you’re looking to accessorize, they may take nipple clamps as a hint.

Treat Your Breast Friends Right

While we’re on the topic of your giving your boobs attention, when was the last time you gave them a closer look? We’re talking an actual hard look that gives you a double chin. If you’re reading this at home, take a minute, get topless in front of the mirror and see what they’ve been up to. And no, no need to google Pink Ribbon Day, it’s not in August. But breast cancer awareness should get more media time than just that one month.

Doing a self-exam isn’t hard or time consuming, it’s just a matter of taking your breasts (and health) into your hands!

Check Yo’self to Protect Yo’self

Yep, we’ve all heard it before. When you’re laying in bed, or contemplating your life choices in the shower, extend your arm above and behind your head and feel around your breast with your opposite hand. You may feel weird giving yourself a boob grab, but it’s totally normal – and should become routine. Some things you want to keep in mind:

  • Don’t neglect the area around the breast. Everywhere from the armpit to the nipple to the tissue surrounding your ribs.
  • Your breasts have a lot going on inside, including tissue, glands, and fat. So don’t be scared if you feel different things going on in different places.
  • If you do notice something out of the norm, don’t freak out! Open up your phone notes and record it. Our breasts change throughout our cycles, so give it a few days and check it out again. If it continues, give your friendly doc a visit and follow up about his trip to Bora Bora last year.

While even the thought of breast exams can be scary because, let’s face it, being naive is easier than worrying there’s something wrong, preventive healthcare is so, so important for women. It’s likely that someone we love will or has already been affected by breast cancer, so let’s own our healthcare this Go Topless Day!

Written by: Donna Turner

Donna Turner
Donna is a Volonté contributor and freelancer who lives in San Francisco with her understanding husband and not-so-understanding teenage sons. Her work frequently appears in the Journal of Sexology and Women’s Health Mag. She hosts intimacy seminars and is currently writing a book on love languages.

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