It is with a heavy heart and tearful eye that I am finally saying goodbye and signing off on the OurBreasts blog. As many of you would know I first flagged that I’d be doing this several months ago. I have to admit that while I have needed to do this for my own health reasons, it has been a struggle to let go of what has been my baby.
I am handing over the sites to a wonderful woman, Karly. I first met Karly when she contributed her own photos and story blog, and we have had many conversations since. When I initially said that I was planning to leave Karly was first in line to say that she would be happy to run the sites. Karly is an intelligent, no-nonsense, kind-hearted, funny and caring woman - a lot like me :)
I am confident that she will hit the ground running with both sites, and obviously add her own ideas and perspectives when continuing the work we’re doing here. I know she will do a great job, and will take care of you.
Now I want to assure you that any email or other private messages that you and I may have had will be kept strictly confidential. I fully understand that any of our conversations will have been sensitive and containing extremely personal information. Guaranteeing your privacy is one of my prime concerns, so before handing over the “the keys” to the websites and emails, I have deleted all prior messages and contact information. Karly will be starting with a completely clean slate. If you’d like to write to Karly and start a new conversation and relationship with her then I know that she will be delighted to hear from you. Please don’t assume any prior knowledge though, as Karly will be coming into this with fresh eyes, and not knowing anyone, ok?
So please, welcome Karly to the site, and be patient with her. It’s not easy taking over and trying to clean up someone else’s mess haha!
I will still pop in from time to time on the site, and there are a couple of ongoing mini-projects I need to complete in the coming weeks. In the meantime I’ll be available to help Karly with the hand-over so you may see an occasional post with my by-line.
Personally I wish you the best of luck in your life. I hope that you can reach a level of self-acceptance, self-love and joy surrounding your body image. Ultimately we all deserve to be happy - and I hope you can get there. Thank you for all the wonderful supporters of both of my sites, and me personally, in this crusade for bod acceptance. This site would be nothing without you. Please know that I will always think that you’re normal and beautiful, because you’re a woman, and we’re all awesome!
Goodbye and take care.
Anonymous asked: Emma, is it weird/ different to have small nipples? I am satisfied with my cup size (Im a 32c), and their shape, but I have always felt like my nipples were really small. Do you think that guys wont like that?
Sounds fine to me. Whether it’s your nipples or areolae, most people don’t care about size and just find them all fun and sexy. Some folks would have a preference for one type of nipple over another, but if I were you I wouldn’t worry about it.
Anonymous asked: Hey, just wanted to know if you post all photo submissions (provided of course that they comply with the rules!)? I submitted one a few days ago and haven't yet seen it. Never done anything like this before - it's a big step towards self acceptance. Guessing you probably get quite a few submissions - sorry to sound inpatient! Just hoping the email has been received. Thanks x
I appreciate that it’s a big step but please be patient. I do receieve a lot of emails, and there is work associated with each one, in replying to the original email, answering questions, soothing egos, editing photos to ensure privacy etc etc. And believe it or not I actually have a life lol (sad and sprry as it is haha). I’m sorry but I’ve no idea which submission was yours, but if all is ok with it, it will be posted soon.
Anonymous asked: Hey, I'm 21 and recently I noticed that my breasts had grown to a 32B (I'm usually 32A) I don't take birth control and didn't gain any weight..help??
Sweety I’m not sure what help I can provide, or if indeed there is a problem needing help. It’s fairly common for breasts to continue to grow and changing shape into your early 20s. If it’s truly sudden change that’s occurred though, as with any part of your body, it’s best to have it checked out by your doctor as it could signify a problem or other.
Anonymous asked: So I'm 16 and I don't like my brests, I think that they're too small, I've 70B in brasize, but I don't even have a cleavage. But my question is, at which age does the best stop growing? My mom says they grow until you're about 20, but I still wonder, because I want my breast to be at least a little bigger.. I just want to feel more like a girl, if you know what I mean? And it seems like everyone else have much bigger breasts than me, and I'm afraid that mine to grow at all :(
Thanks for writing. Bodies do continue to change and grow throughout puberty and for some young women that can mean into their early 20s. So you never know.
Believe me, not everyone around you has bigger boobs. You just seem more aware of them because it’s something you’re obsessing over, too focused to notice the huge variety that exists. If you can learn anything from this blog it’s that breasts come in all shapes and sizes, and regardless of their size they are beautiful and feminine.
You may continue to dislike them, which is a shame, but please try to be open minded about yourself and how normal yours are.
Chin up honey, you’re fine.
The following are updated submission guidelines for any photo contribution to OurBreasts. I will soon post them to the site submission page.
Make A Submission Here
This blog is by women, for women, and that forms the basis of the submission guidelines for the site. I will only publish photos and stories submitted by females, so please only submit your own photos of your own breasts.
If you are a husband, boyfriend or partner, please DO NOT submit photos of your wife or girlfriend or any other female. If they wish to participate then please ask them to do it directly. Their story, opinion and self-image is more powerful and valuable when submitted themselves than when filtered through your male perspective. I also need to verify that permission has been given for those photos to be posted. I will have to write to you for more information and have direct contact with the owner of the breasts - a tiresome and tedious process so please just don’t do it.
Ladies your photos can be of your breasts, either fully naked, or wearing a bra or bikini top (not just frontal mug-shot style) to show the breasts from the side, at 45°, lying down, hanging down etc and at different times in your menstrual cycle. It is also good to show the significant differences in appearance between naked and clothed breasts, so bra photos are very welcome, especially as bra sizes and styles change from maker to maker and country to country.
Photos should be focused on the breasts and upper body alone, and not show your face. Full nudes will be edited to only show the breasts and chest/ torso area. If you wish to contribute photos of your labia minora please visit www.largelabiaproject.org
To submit, please upload photos or email me directly at OurBreasts@gmail.com. Please don’t use the Tumblr feature to link to a photo URL as that often fails to work.
Please remove any iPhone geotagging (location information) or other photo EXIF data (meta tags) before submitting. If you can’t or don’t know how, don’t worry, I routinely do this to protect contributor privacy.
I will edit photos to remove faces and where possible will remove identifying marks like body piercings and tattoos etc to maintain anonymity.
By submitting photos through the site or by email you warrant that you are the owner of the photos or their copyright, that they are legally able to be used, holding Emma and any person associated with OurBreasts blameless in the event of a copyright breach.
For comparison and contrast it is very welcome to have photos shot from different angles
The Tumblr blog platform allows other logged in Tumblr users to republish photos. This is an inherent feature of Tumblr and sadly cannot be diasbled. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of other blogs (sometimes very sexually focused blogs) reposting your images, then please carefully consider whether you submit. Where possible I will remove reblogs on unsavoury sites or where unwelcome / sleazy additional text has been added. However consider that if your submission on OurBreasts is sufficiently anonymous to start with then there’s no real drama.
If you are contributing your own photos via your own Tumblr, be aware that unless you specifically post it anonymously your submission will show as coming from your blog. That is often undesirable. If you wish to remain anonymous then keep this in mind. I usually do check and verify though with a private message and will post it anonymously if requested, but it’s easier to state up front “Anonymous Please!”
Nude? 18+ only please!
Under 18s are very welcome to submit questions and comments, and clothed photos, in bras or bikinis, and even super-discreet “hand bras” as long as there is no visible nipple or areola. I don’t want either of us involved in some child pornography drama or provide fap fodder to the ranks of perverts out there. I will never publish naked breast photos from under 18s, or even pass photos on to the doctors who help out, so please don’t send them to me. Wait until you’re 18yo.
Webfinds or “ex-gf pics”, photos looking like they are taken from naked selfies sites, photos that are pornographic or overly sexual in nature, including B&D styled clothing or toys, photos of CIS “manboobs” or other body parts, will be automatically deleted.
Submissions being used to blatantly advertise another site, such as a porn site, or an adult / exhibitionist will not be allowed. I will ask you to submit with logos, URLs and link backs removed and that your contribution is done as “civilian”.
Where the model has a question about her legal age, or where there are any questions I need answers to i will endeavour to make contact using the lodgement email address. However as submissions can be made completely anonymously, if there isn’t a functioning email address (they can be bogus addresses set up just for submitting to my sites) then the submission will be deleted.
Anonymous asked: i'm only 14 and i'm actually really worried about my boobs because like one is probably almost a cup size smaller than the other and i'm afraid they're not going to even out and like i'm just so worried that they won't??
You’ve still got quite a lot of growing to do yet so it’s a bit of a lottery. Breasts don’t necessarily grow at the same rates, and they may catch up and be the same size by the time you’re 18 or so. But it’s also very common for boobs to be different sizes. Most fully grown women’s boobs are asymmetric to be honest, though it’s all by a matter of degrees.
Differences of a cup size or more are hardly uncommon, though they are a pain in the arse when it comes to getting bras to fit. There’s one online manufacturer that sells custom bras with different cup sizes, but for a more balanced look lots of girls go for the standard padded bra, and remove the padding from the side with the larger boob.
It’s all purely cosmetic. There’s nothing physically wrong, and when the time comes guys (and girls) don’t care and seem to enjoy two types of boobs for the price of one, so to speak.
Anyway, don’t despair, and see what growth your body has in store for you. You’re a normal girl and you’re far from being alone. Chin up honey :)
Anonymous asked: I think it's really cool that you edit out tattoos. That's been one of the reasons I haven't submitted a photo.
I try but it’s not always possible. And some contributors don’t want them removed - their call. It’s always best if the photos are submitted ready to post, including having picture metadata and iPhone geotagging removed too. I do this anyway but it’s just one more thing for me to worry about.