Comments on: A l’Agrandissement du Temps Perdu* http://www.historiann.com/2009/03/20/a-lagrandissement-du-temps-perdu/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Fri, 26 Sep 2014 03:40:45 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Terminal Degree http://www.historiann.com/2009/03/20/a-lagrandissement-du-temps-perdu/comment-page-1/#comment-471444 Sat, 31 Oct 2009 04:34:57 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=4160#comment-471444 When my grandmother, a widow, was diagnosed with breast cancer, she learned she would need a mastectomy. She sat in her doctor’s office, stunned and mourning the pending loss of her breast, as he tried to console her.

“Don’t worry,” the doctor said, “at least you aren’t married any longer, so no one else will see them. Besides, they are so small already that you won’t be losing much.”

The real message here? Breasts are only for the benefit of husbands, and only if they are large.

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By: Sexuality and cancer surgeries: what’s mine is yours, apparently : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present http://www.historiann.com/2009/03/20/a-lagrandissement-du-temps-perdu/comment-page-1/#comment-470195 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 19:40:57 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=4160#comment-470195 [...] women’s cancer surgeries.  Sadly, I’m not surprised–as we’ve seen before, somehow it’s all about teh menz and their feelings and their sexual satisfaction, no matter whose body has the cancer.  Whereas prostate cancer patients are counseled heavily [...]

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By: Professor Zero http://www.historiann.com/2009/03/20/a-lagrandissement-du-temps-perdu/comment-page-1/#comment-267379 Mon, 23 Mar 2009 07:50:34 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=4160#comment-267379 It’s the way the doctor said maybe you’d like to confer with your husband that tips me off to the super utter weirdness in this story. He doesn’t think of her as autonomous and he does think of her as property.

But I know some husbands who have boasted of saying exactly this: I will pay for your surgery (whatever it is) but I insist you also get breast augmentation along with it.

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By: Shira http://www.historiann.com/2009/03/20/a-lagrandissement-du-temps-perdu/comment-page-1/#comment-266914 Sun, 22 Mar 2009 21:25:15 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=4160#comment-266914 While I completely agree that the doctor referred to is insanely unethical, I think there may be more to this story. The doctor’s surprised reaction points to the fact that DePaul’s choice isn’t very common. To me, this is the crucial part of the story.A doctor cannot be blamed for the fact that unfortunately most women do seem to be unhappy with their bodies. It is quite likely that this doctor is simply mirroring the reality she/he comes across. So the question is, could it be possible that women deliberately choose to augment their breasts at this specific time? Perhaps they interpret it as an act of optimism. They avoid dealing with thoughts about death by focusing on life. What better way than by fantasizing about their “improved” future?

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By: nicolec http://www.historiann.com/2009/03/20/a-lagrandissement-du-temps-perdu/comment-page-1/#comment-265890 Sat, 21 Mar 2009 16:34:02 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=4160#comment-265890 Great post Historiann- shocking, but good to know. As if woman dealing with breast cancer don’t have enough to worry about.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2009/03/20/a-lagrandissement-du-temps-perdu/comment-page-1/#comment-265816 Sat, 21 Mar 2009 13:00:10 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=4160#comment-265816 The offending post to which cgeye refers has been deleted. (It looked like some strange autospam sent here because of trigger words in the post. Very obnoxious, but nothing personal, I think.)

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By: Dame Eleanor Hull http://www.historiann.com/2009/03/20/a-lagrandissement-du-temps-perdu/comment-page-1/#comment-265813 Sat, 21 Mar 2009 12:43:54 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=4160#comment-265813 A good friend of mine had a double mastectomy, followed by reconstruction. I don’t have to read it, I’ve seen it. Having seen, I decided I couldn’t “reconstruct,” if it happened to me. Having my chest muscles where they belong is more important to me than my breasts are.

“A l’agrandissement des tetons perdus” would keep a t-word in there; with “temps,” I expected a time-management post.

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By: cgeye http://www.historiann.com/2009/03/20/a-lagrandissement-du-temps-perdu/comment-page-1/#comment-265759 Sat, 21 Mar 2009 10:00:13 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=4160#comment-265759 Who is this clown, and how insensitive does one have to be to spam a post about breast cancer?

Your choice, Historiann, whether or not to delete the post above mine… I’d rather delete the person, but I don’t have that power.

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2009/03/20/a-lagrandissement-du-temps-perdu/comment-page-1/#comment-265151 Fri, 20 Mar 2009 17:43:14 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=4160#comment-265151 This is nuts. Speechless. The hub should have nothing to do with it, it goes without saying. Does the surgical team get paid by the square centimeter of new surfase area?

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By: Mother of ALL http://www.historiann.com/2009/03/20/a-lagrandissement-du-temps-perdu/comment-page-1/#comment-265147 Fri, 20 Mar 2009 17:32:27 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=4160#comment-265147 Recently in my area a commercial has been running for a group of plastic surgeons. It is so unbelievably sexist I almost can’t believe they are putting it on air. It shows many groups of guys whistling and cat calling and the tag line is “Don’t you wish you’d done this sooner?” They do not show the woman. After reading this entry, I am going to call that group and level my protest at their ad. Thanks for getting the juices roiled!

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