She Proves That Being A Sexy, Swaggery Woman Has Nothing To Do With Having Breasts Or Being Under 35

Powerful and touching.

What does it look like when someone is "ideal" looking?

I don't know that answer, but I'll let you decide what it means for you. For many she is "ideal." Her name is Gail Chovan. Gail is a mom, a wife, and a fashion designer. After listening to her talk, she's someone I'd totally like to get to know. She's confident, and she offers good advice through her lived experiences.


She's had some ups and downs and like many of us, and she feels vulnerable and sad at times.

And she finds strength in her family, and that makes her happy.

Gail recently lost her ovaries and both of her breasts.

Like many woman who've had mastectomies, Gail had to think about her "new ideal." She did not want to see her breasts go, but she is content inside of her body both with and without her breasts.

Gail's story may seem rare, but it's not. Hundreds of thousands of women have undergone the same process. In fact, post-mastectomy clothing is even growing into its own place in the fashion world.

What is ideal? Again, I don't know, but what I do know is every body is normal. Gail has some great quotes and thoughts about life, how we see ourselves, and each other. If you can't listen to her entire video, you can read the transcript below.

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They say that kids say the darnedest things, and seriously, they do. Anyone who has spent any significant amount of time with young children knows that sometimes the things they say can blow your mind.

Since teachers spend more time around little kids than anyone else, they are particularly privy to their profound and hilarious thoughts. That's why NYC kindergarten teacher Alyssa Cowit started collecting kid quotes from teachers around the country and sharing them on her Instagram account, Live from Snack Time, as well as her websiteand other social media channels.

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Earlier this month, a beluga whale caught the world's attention by playing fetch with a rugby ball thrown by South African researchers off the waters of Norway.

The adorable video has been watched over 20 million times, promoting people across the globe to wonder how the whale became so comfortable around humans.

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It's incredible how many myths about the female body persist, despite all of us living in the information age. Young and old, educated or not, we're all susceptible to misinformation — especially when the same false info gets shared widely without question or correction.

Exhibit A: The female hymen.

Rapper T.I. made headlines recently with his horrific description of accompanying his 18-year-old daughter to the gynecologist to have her hymen checked. According to him and countless others like him, the hymen is a sign of virginity — a gateway of sorts that indicates whether or not a woman has had sex (or otherwise been vaginally penetrated). Popular belief has it that the hymen is a thin layer of tissue in the vagina that "breaks" the first time a woman has sex, so an "intact" hymen is proof of virginity.

The problem is that's a bunch of anatomically incorrect hogwash.

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Plus-size women are in the majority. In America, 68% of women wear a size 14 or higher. Yet many plus-sized are ignored by the fashion industry. Plus-sized clothing is a $21 billion industry, however only one-fifth of clothing sales are plus-sized. On top of that, plus-sized women are often body shamed, further reinforcing that bigger body types are not mainstream despite the fact that it is common.

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