Lost in Space - Oh G!!!

Nicole Joseph-Chin
Posted March 26, 2019
Boobie Balance for Better
Inclusion starts here!

I am a G bra size and today I am quite a disappointed girl. A few hours ago, my lifelong dream of seeing an all woman walk in space was abandoned - breasts are the culprits! Lost opportunity to be in space due to the power of the anatomy to be daringly different. 

My own healthy pair felt lost, confused, crushed- but only for a short moment.

Symbolically the only reason the journey was abandoned was because the space suits could not accommodate upper torso requirements - in other words - their breasts could not fit!!!

Whose fault is this anyway? Women get the rough side of the emery boards every time. And so, begs the question, what would be the challenge with the men’s suits? Perhaps all testicles have already been pre measured and ready to fit - after all, its all about small, medium and large! 

You see, my breasts and the breasts of the women who were planing this historical walk - would never qualify. That’s actually what makes us truly unique. How else would NASA prepare for women going to space? No, we cannot be given generic suits to wear on this very special occasion. We needed BBC - Bespoke Boobie Compartments that would help us to be comfortable and enjoy the ride! 

My breast size should not be the sole reason for abandoing such an important event in history or rather HERstory!!! That’s what stimulated the creation of our Social Enterprise - Ms. Brafit in 2002.

After all; as a seasoned Bra Fitting Consultant, with over 18 years of experience of fitting diverse body types, and all size ranges, it is almost second nature to be clear on what is required for any special occasion. 

If full busted bride had dreams of wearing a strapless bridal gown - of course we’d have to provide her with the most apporotate of items!

What if the busty athlete wanted control to engage in track and field but had limited support?

What if women with smaller busts, wanted a little natural volume?

What about the many women left with scars from a mastectomy who wanted to feel sexy and feminine whether it be casually or formally? 

What about the women who had the many challenges with their breasts and we were able to declare them #CCR - Carnival Costume Ready.

A space suit bra fitting would have been no big challenge for Ms. Brafit and would have put these women in good stead for a ride like none before - to the next frontier! Why didn’t NASA think of calling us to their rescue and to save these women from such a significant disappointment, of discriminatory proportions?

But in hindsight, it seems breasts always get in the way - even the smallest pair! Even on a mission to another galaxy! 

How was NASA preparing for this expedition and not paying attention to the anatomy and the physical construct of the woman’s body? What was the issue with their scientific knowledge? 

Were they really preparing to be part of the changing landscapes of gender equity, gender sensitivity, and incorporation of simple gendercentric applications to industrial design, inclusion and diversity. 

In our global Breast Empowerment Education and Bra Fitting events, we often hear sad stories of women having been disappointed because they lost an opportunity - due to the size of their breasts. It has been these very experiences that have given rise to our diverse plethora of educational tools and modules that treat with confidence and comfort - beyond the dictates of pop culture and industrial design blunders.

Having to rise to the occasion to eliminate this very situation, has offered us numerous global speaking engagements and collaborations spanning five continents to date - creating a social impact dialogue for true sustainable development - to the creation of many tools and platforms to help girls, women, families and communities.

Today I am disappointed but not disheartened and my breasts are actually a little perkier because it is an opportunity to amplify the voices of girls and women everywhere; sticking my boobies out for other women to be courageous, to be heard, to be included! 

Because I have understood what it felt like to be challenged because of the size of my breasts and the shape of my body, I challenge NASA to find a way to create the most empowering space suit for women with G cups like me to find a way to get to space.

 Ths action might begin to satisfy a global perception of equality, inclusion and breaking gender stereotypes with career paths. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tamarack Verrall
Mar 26
Mar 26

Dear Nicole,
I am so glad for your post! I just learned an hour ago about this last minute change, that the proper size space suit is not available at this very last minute. "Why didn’t NASA think of calling us to their rescue and to save these women from such a significant disappointment, of discriminatory proportions?" Indeed! It is so ridiculous that it is laughable if it were not so sad. The male ego somehow managed to jeopardize this celebratory moment. Of course it could have been avoided! And they should have called you!

Nicole Joseph-Chin
Mar 26
Mar 26

Dearest Tam,
It is so sad that trying out the appropriate fitting and sizing of space suits would happen at the last minute and constitute a decision that saw an historical event being radically shifted, while the world watches on.

Jill Langhus
Mar 26
Mar 26

Hi Nicole,

Thanks so much for sharing your informative, and humorous, post about the last minute decision to pull the plug on this historic event. I just saw this on Twitter a little while ago and actually thought it was false news for a moment.... well, I hoped. This really is something else. It makes me wonder if they knew it wasn't going to happen and they were just looking for an excuse for it not to, but was this really the best they could do?! Wow:-(

How are you doing, by the way?!

Nicole Joseph-Chin
Mar 26
Mar 26

Thank you so much! It's unimaginable to not know this in advance. It's even more unsettling that it gets abandoned at the last minute. How dehumanizing.
I resisted responding when the first report broke overnight and by morning, the overwhelming sense of disregard for women's bodies set in.
Yes it's laughable too! Because it is incredible. I'm doing great. Some beautiful adventures are on the horizon. Always fantastic to have your support and encouraging words. Many thanks!

Jill Langhus
Mar 27
Mar 27

You're very welcome, dear.

Yeah. I think so, too. I keep thinking, it's not the first time a woman has gone into space. What did they previously wear... not buying it!

I agree on it being laughable.

I'm glad you're doing well:-) Can't wait to hear more about them.

Hope you're having a great day!

Nicole Joseph-Chin
Mar 27
Mar 27

You absolutely will. Thank you!

Jill Langhus
Mar 28
Mar 28

You're welcome:-)

Seka
Mar 27
Mar 27

Dear Nicole,
Your article interests me especially that I want to understand what happened. Bra, is that your area? Girls and women can not do this space trip because of their breasts? A solution must be found otherwise it is a failure for NASA. I want to hear you about it.
Yours truly
Seka

Nicole Joseph-Chin
Mar 27
Mar 27

Dear Seka,
Thank you for your kind sharing. It is important to open up the difficult conversations. Especially when we are working on demolishing the old gender norms and stereotypes. Especially in the world of work.

otahelp
Mar 27
Mar 27

Dear Nicole, i was all smiles when i was reading your post. seriously male ego will never allow them to see beyond their nose and they pride themselves as innovative and all knowing.
it would have been a wonderful event but those women involved should not give up for surely the suits must be refitted to suit them and i am certain there was not female in that level of decision to have suggested that they think about women anatomy - our ass(buttocks) and breast(boobs) whichever we want to call it. thank you for taking out time to put this thinking together. We will win at last.

Nicole Joseph-Chin
Mar 27
Mar 27

Dear Otahelp,
Industrial design is seldom gender sensitive. One has to work around the prototypes. If there were a time to concur that women's bodies were being part of the inclusion equation, it would have been the perfect time.

Dawn Arteaga
Mar 27
Mar 27

Wow what a lovely post- connecting that crazy news story from NASA to such an important topic. I also love your line, "Women get the rough side of the emery boards every time." I think NASA looks so bad in light of this news - yet one more example of how far we still have to go!

Nicole Joseph-Chin
Mar 27
Mar 27

Thank you Dawn.
I feel sad for these women. If we couldn't all go, then I was staying in solidarity.
It's really hard to comprehend how such an important discovery was made at the 9th hour. Makes perfect sense for someone like NASA perhaps? Pulling the plug on history under the guise of lack of resources. That's not rocket science!

Hello, Nicole,

There are women in our country who would add silicon inside their breasts to make it look fuller. Most of us are “flat-chested”, and to see women with bigger breast meant “Thank You, Doc” meaning they went under a knife.

Your post, on the other hand, shows that women who are “blessed with breast” can also experience a disadvantage. I’m sorry that you weren’t able to participate on this historical event.

It may be quite amusing, but it does bring the world into a serious discussion on being inclusive to women to all breast sizes. Lo, and behold, if there were no women participants, then this issue will never be addressed.

Come to think of it, you are already part of this breast history. Hugs. :)

Nicole Joseph-Chin
Mar 30
Mar 30

Hello Dear Karen,
It's interesting to learn of the women in your country. To clarify the position that I took in the article, it's not my personal situation, but that of women who were scheduled by NASA to create history by being the first global all women mission. This was shattered by the organization not catering to our diversity as women. So the world lost an occasion to celebrate and I took an opportunity to share in my breadth of work that I've done for many years and my personal journey as a girl who's got lots on her chest to deal with.....taking some humor to a very serious matter.

Oh my! I thought you were one of them, sister. It is humorous and you are effective!haha.

Sorry for misunderstanding. Thanks for this smart way of bringing your message to the world.

Nicole Joseph-Chin
Apr 11
Apr 11

Oh I am one of them sisters. So I defend the mammary glands to the high heavens regardless of the size. That's okay because you're rooting for boobies and that's what makes you a champion. Thank you! Please keep in touch for some upcoming initiatives that we'd love you to be a part of.

nkramer
Apr 10
Apr 10

Hello Nicole! I ❤️ Your article! My bra size is GG, 100% natural, and as a young woman I hated the negative attention I got from men, who thought it was OK to make rude, unpleasant and unasked for comments about my breasts. Yuck!
I appreciate the humor of your article and also the truth of it. I hope these narrow-minded space suit developers learn from this experience. Women are not to be underestimated! Bravo to you!

Nicole Joseph-Chin
Apr 11
Apr 11

Thank you for your kind words and your sharing of sentiments. It's truly a blessing to own a healthy and natural pair which also has the downside, which we all overcome by having conversations like these. Please stay connected with me. There's a plan for a series of upcoming activities that we'd love to invite you to participate in. Thank you.
Nicole

Treena
Apr 11
Apr 11

Hi Nicole,
What's to stop you and your colleagues designing space suits for women of all shapes and sizes? This is your opportunity to shine! Think of the shape of a jumpsuit (they are fashionable now and in they were very popular in the seventies) with specialist fabrics. You can find vintage patterns on the internet now. You could perhaps alter/adjust a man's space suit to fit? There are ways around it.

I wish you the best in your space endeavours (and your space suit making)

Treena

Nicole Joseph-Chin
Apr 11
Apr 11

Treena,
Would you believe that we had a number of conversations about your suggestions already? Thank you for your suggestion yet again. There's so much work to be done to get women to fit into the man made world. The conversation has been started. Please join us in whichever ways you can and wish to.
Thank you so much!
Sincerely,
Nicole

Treena
Apr 11
Apr 11

That is so cool! I am thrilled that you are actively persuing your goal! I will be honest and say I also have - ahem - large boobs (have always cursed them. Still do to be honest!) Conventional wisdom dictates that every one is the same shape and size zero no matter what field they work in. Both the medical profession and the fashion industry are the worst culprits. Thank God for the beautiful Ashley Graham! I would be very happy to join you Nicole! Just say the word!

Best wishes
Treena

Nicole Joseph-Chin
Apr 11
Apr 11

Treena,
I am so able to identify with you on all if this. As a result of this "struggle" we designed a whole series of education programs. Will lice to connect you to some of the facets. Will inbox you at soonest! Thank you Corine opting IN!

Treena
Apr 11
Apr 11

Look forward to it Nicole! I live in Ireland bytwy. Not sure if that makes a difference but thought I would let you know it is a worldwide problem.

Nicole Joseph-Chin
Apr 15
Apr 15

Oh thank you. Yes it's global so we'd definitely have some important conversations and I'm happy to include your perspectives. Thank you!

ikirimat
Apr 22
Apr 22

Nice to meet you Nicole here on World Pulse. You are in the right place dear. Welcome.

Nicole Joseph-Chin
May 10
May 10

My dear sister. Thank you Grace!!! How lovely to connect with you here.