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Okay, I've been wondering something for a while now and been to shy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> to bring it up, it's a stupid question I guess, but I am seriously wondering about this...<br><br>
Am I the ONLY person on earth who thinks the word "boob" is a derogatory word that only men use to sexually objectify breasts?<br><br>
Because I always see moms here talking about how they like to put the baby to the boob, or their baby is on the boob, or their baby loves their boobs, or there's nothing like a good boob, but then lots of moms here complain about sexualization of breasts, and I always thought boob was a derogatory slang for breast. Sooo... why do so many women call their breasts boobs? I mean, did your parents teach you that "those things on your chests are called boobs"?<br><br>
Quite a while back there was a woman on here, or somewhere, asking about Happy Heineys I think it was, because I guess where she lived heiney was a really dirty slang for the rear end, and she couldn't believe the word heiney was part of the company name. I feel like that woman now! I can't believe women call their breasts boobs - to me it's like if we went around talking about an itch on our p***y, yk? Am I the ONLY one???? Maybe it's regional??? But I feel like I'm in the body-part Twilight Zone or something.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> If I actually said "boob" to anyone I know IRL they would literally gasp!
 

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I guess it's probably related to where you are raised. I don't think boob is dirty-sounding. It's like saying tummy instead of stomach. To me, "tit" is the dirty word! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I teach my children the word breast, but they do hear boob now and then. I'll say it once in a while among friends or family who are comfortable with it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I guess it's probably related to where you are raised. I don't think boob is dirty-sounding. It's like saying tummy instead of stomach. To me, "tit" is the dirty word! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I teach my children the word breast, but they do hear boob now and then. I'll say it once in a while among friends or family who are comfortable with it.</div>
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Sometimes it's annoying when people use short words and acronyms like that - like prego and BF and BS (baking soda.)<br><br>
I can hardly believe a company and product name is actually "butt paste" ! Heiney is also slang for a short butch-like haircut...a crew cut. Boob is a derogative word for a man.<br><br>
I used the word 'boob' myself when I was young to refer to my breasts. I learned it from older sisters. The bad thing about using it in certain contexts is that it's slangy, not so much that it's a bad word. It's about as annoying as women using the word prego. Prego and pregnant have the same number of syllables and they're equally easy or difficult to say. Why use a "shortened" form? Besides, prego is spaghetti sauce. And preggers just sounds undignified.
 

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We're mainly breast or "milker" people, but use boob occassionally. I wouldn't shout tit if you paid me to. I agree it's probably a matter of what you're used to and where you are.
 

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Yes boob is more of a funny slang to me.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I guess it's probably related to where you are raised. I don't think boob is dirty-sounding. It's like saying tummy instead of stomach. To me, "tit" is the dirty word! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I teach my children the word breast, but they do hear boob now and then. I'll say it once in a while among friends or family who are comfortable with it.</div>
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I HATE the "t" word. I cant even type it. Reading it makes my stomach turn. But funny enough, every other swear word out there doesnt bother me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Yeah, tit is worse than boob. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I see it as a "kid" word like peepee or tummy.</div>
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True. I used "boobies" in the title of a thread I started earlier because the little knitted breasts were so cute, and knitted boobies sounded cuter.
 

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dude. 'tit' as a swear word?? 'Tit' was the *acceptable,* *inoffensive* term in my experience. Like, the kittens (that we foster) drink from their mom's tits. And cows have tits. And "sugar tits" are corners of wet cloths dunked in sugar (gag!). And bottles (dareIsayit?) have tits, too (especially in England, apparently <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">)<br><br>
OTOH I never met a breast euphemism I didn't like. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Unlike the ...ahem... 'more private' female regions, for which I've never seen a term I'd actually ever not cringe to say.<br><br>
Anyway. Interesting that there are so many different perspectives on words.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I see it as a "kid" word like peepee or tummy.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: We often use "boobie" around here, as in "mommy's boobies make nice pillows". I can't think of the word "boobs" being sexual at all. "tits" is another story! And baby bottles here in the bad old USA have "nipples" not tits, and animals have "teats" to suckle their young.<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I wouldn't shout tit if you paid me to. I agree it's probably a matter of what you're used to and where you are.</div>
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I agree with the sentiment, except that I <b>WOULD</b> shout "tit" if I was paid enough for my services. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I woudln't use the word in normal conversation though, and certainly not to refer to lactating boobs.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">dude. 'tit' as a swear word?? 'Tit' was the *acceptable,* *inoffensive* term in my experience. Like, the kittens (that we foster) drink from their mom's tits. And cows have tits. And "sugar tits" are corners of wet cloths dunked in sugar (gag!). And bottles (dareIsayit?) have tits, too (especially in England, apparently <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">)<br><br>
OTOH I never met a breast euphemism I didn't like. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Unlike the ...ahem... 'more private' female regions, for which I've never seen a term I'd actually ever not cringe to say.<br><br>
Anyway. Interesting that there are so many different perspectives on words.</div>
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I know its not logical. Hey, I understand that its derived from the word, "teat", its just........wrong to my ears. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
It could be from the years of "hey, nice t!ts" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: - I "blossomed" into the DD's at a young age.<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: We often use "boobie" around here, as in "mommy's boobies make nice pillows". I can't think of the word "boobs" being sexual at all. "tits" is another story! And baby bottles here in the bad old USA have "nipples" not tits, and animals have "teats" to suckle their young.<br><b>I agree with the sentiment, except that I WOULD shout "tit" if I was paid enough for my services. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></b> I woudln't use the word in normal conversation though, and certainly not to refer to lactating boobs.</div>
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Bolding mine.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao">
 

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I say "breast" and "booby" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
To me, "tits" is a little more derogatory.
 

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We say breasts in our house. We also say penis, vagina, vulva, scrotum, etc. I want my children to know the proper terminology. Using slang words seems to mean that those body parts can't be spoken about, causing the need for sland words. I don't want that in our house.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We say breasts in our house. We also say penis, vagina, vulva, scrotum, etc. I want my children to know the proper terminology. Using slang words seems to mean that those body parts can't be spoken about, causing the need for sland words. I don't want that in our house.</div>
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For us, it hasn't always been all or nothing. We use proper terminology, and we use silly words too. They know the difference. Sometimes, it's just more fun to talk about heiney hugs or tushie squeezes rather than buttocks, you know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
And my woolie boobie title was nicer than this one<br><a href="http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=29&art_id=iol1170927240428K533" target="_blank">http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_i...0927240428K533</a><br>
Knitted Knockers
 

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boob for breast has always been like butt is to umm...a more formal word for butt in my family. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I couldn't think of a formal word for butt, posterior? I rarely say breast. I have a slight lisp and words that end in st and especially sts are difficult. Now titties or tits, I might find that offensive...but I'm really just not a very easily offended person. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> My ds calls nursing booby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I guess it's probably related to where you are raised. I don't think boob is dirty-sounding. It's like saying tummy instead of stomach. To me, "tit" is the dirty word! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I teach my children the word breast, but they do hear boob now and then. I'll say it once in a while among friends or family who are comfortable with it.</div>
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same.
 

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I call them boobies when explaining to my 3 yr old dd what we're doing or talking to the baby. To me that's just baby talk. Breasts sound like such a proper, serious word. I call them breasts too but that would be the word I would use when talking to my OB/GYN or something, not my babies.
 

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I'm not overly fond of the word boob(s). I do sometimes use it though: I've told DH that DS likes to play "peek-a-boob" and I've been known to say to DH just a touch loudly "They're just boobs and they've been under my shirt the whole time," if somebody is staring a little to hard at me NIP. In general though, I do prefer the word breast as it is the appropriate term.<br><br>
I don't like the word "tit" though. Just bugs me.<br><br>
I'm not a stickler for appropriate terms though...as I tend to say butt, booty, tushie, etc for buttocks and tummy for stomach (sometimes).<br><br>
When it comes to genitals, I tend to prefer the appropriate terms too as I tend to think that slang words are often used out of shame for the organs. Though DD calls her genitals her "vulva" as I prefer that to "vagina" and it's more accurate. I can't seem to bring myself to say "clitoris" above a whisper though. LOL. I did manage to say it straight when DD discovered her and proudly announced she had a "little penis" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush">: . Other than that, I try never to say it...or I call it "the button" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush">: LOL. I don't know why.
 
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