Breasts get attention. Can’t argue with that.

Graffiti in Lakeside Park gully/Ryn Gargulinski

Graffiti in Lakeside Park gully/Ryn Gargulinski

That attention is not always welcome, however, especially from the lecherous types who insist on staring at a woman’s chest rather than looking her in the eyes.

Women have also spent decades trying to shuttle the focus away from their breasts – and bodies – and more towards their minds.

So is it a giant step backwards to celebrate breasts for Women’s History Month?

The ASUA Women’s Center doesn’t think so. It’s hosting two upcoming breast events.

Thursday’s gala gives gals a chance to make molds of their breasts after swapping used clothing and strutting down the runway in a fashion show. The fun starts at 6 p.m. in the Tucson Room of the Student Union Memorial Center.

A breast decorating party is slated for March 25, where women bring their breast molds to deck them out with sequins, feathers, paint and a host of other novelties. Join the fest at 7 p.m. in the Rincon Room of the Student Union Memorial Center.

The news release does not indicate if men are allowed.

We would also be curious to see what types of molds may be in store at any event that celebrates men’s history.

Sure, the parties sound like fun. Save for certain dudes who are cursed with man boobs, breasts make women unique.

But they are not the only thing – or main thing – that should be celebrated. Women have conquered great heights, offered amazing insights and helped shape history.

Think of women known for their minds and we get the fearless Joan of Arc, the quotable Eleanor Roosevelt and the tenacious Rosa Parks. There’s no cleavage on the coin of Susan B. Anthony.

Think of women known for their breasts and we get a bevy of porn stars and a country singer.

But the term “breast party” gets attention – and sounds much more enticing than something like a boring old “mind party.”

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What: Breast Party/Clothing Swap
When: 6 p.m. March 4
Where: Tucson Room in the Student Union Memorial Center, University of Arizona campus
Bring used clothes to swap, wear swapped clothes in the fashion show, make molds of your breasts

What: Breast Decorating Party
When: 7 p.m. March 25
Where: Rincon Room in the Student Union Memorial Center, UA campus
Decorate your breast molds made at previous event

Both events hosted by ASUA Women’s Resource Center in honor of Women’s “Herstory” Month. For more info, e-mail Eva Izhieman at Izhieman@email.arizona.edu or call 621-3919.

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What do you think?

Are breast parties the best way to honor women?

How would you celebrate Women’s History Month?

Does it annoy you when “women” is spelled “womyn” and “history” is spelled “herstory”?

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