Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The Dangers of Ironing

A report on BBC radio this morning talks about a very strange practice in Cameroon, Africa: breast ironing. In an effort to prevent their daughters' breast to develop (and thus attract the attention of boys), many mothers in Cameroon use hot wooden planks to "iron" the breasts of their daughters.


There's now a Cameroonian television campaign going on to discourage this practice... In case you're wondering, they claim ironing really does work. Doctors are concerned about the long-term effects, but the mothers who do it don't seem to care. Sad, sad.

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