What Do Breasts and the Colorado Wildfires Have In Common?

God caused the Colorado wildfires because women wear pants, have breasts

It’s hard to believe but it must be true since it was on the radio and spoken by a man who also knows that God is real. There is a good summary of some of this nonsense in The Daily Kos and I invite you to read the original article by Hunter. However, just to spice up this post, let me include a quotation from someone who should know better:

If you really want to understand why God is a-smitin’ Colorado with wildfires, though, you will be happy to know that in the end it all comes down to women and their breasts. Oh, it always does. Here, therefore, is quite possibly the best extended breast-related monologue in conservative nutcase history, care of Pastor Kevin and a long, boob-filled flight from Australia. We call this sketch Breasts on a Plane:

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Remember Annette?

AnnetteJudy Blume has a strong reputation for writing excellent juvenile books and is also fearless in presenting controversial subjects which are generally problematic for young people … you know, the one’s you didn’t learn first at home from your parents but mostly by hanging around with your friends behind the A&P.

In Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret, Blume is able to approach big questions that bother pre-teen girls: school, new teachers, menstruation, breasts, bras, secret clubs, kissing, parents, boys, profiling, God, religion, grandparents, disappointment, Radio City, square dancing, and moving to New Jersey. For a simple little book the author packs a lot of life in its pages.

Too old to appreciate it? Well, if you have kids, especially pre-teens, this book might be required reading; otherwise, read it anyway to help you understand kids.

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I learned a few things about female breasts from a new book by Florence Williams, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History.

First, when it comes to infant nutrition, breast milk contains 100% of all the nutrients a growing baby requires and furthermore it contains various antibodies passed on from the mother which protect the baby during its earliest days of growth. Add to that the strong bond between mother and child that breast feeding develops and it sounds like a pretty great thing. My own daughter was breast fed exclusively for her first year and it continued until she was around two (I think it was the baby teeth that eventually made breastfeeding problematic).

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