What's behind the cultural obsession with the female breasts? Documentary Boob Envy, hosted by actress and television personality Thalia Zucci, examines this phenomenon which has become increasingly prominent in our media driven society. Although the tone of the film is one of infectious amusement, it manages to present a series of more somber and thoughtful themes related to self-esteem, gender identity and societal pressures.
Boob Envy is not just an affliction that infects the male population. According to a recent study cited in the film, up to 75% of women claim they are unhappy with their breasts. But why? "The breast signaling how sexy you are certainly has been generated by the media," says one interview subject featured in the documentary, "because what we see in the media is that a fun-loving, important woman who's photographed is always one with a big bust line. We get the message that they're the ones that the media is interested in because they have big breasts and that makes them more interesting, exciting and fun people."
Without a doubt, the media ideal of the big breasted goddess is constant and unavoidable. But to what extent does it shape a woman's perception of her own self-worth, or suppress a man's desire for any other body type?
The film introduces us to a myriad of colorful characters, including a young flat-chested model who's desperate to undergo breast enhancement surgery. "Boobs are a woman's femininity," she explains. "I feel that when I have a boob job, it will make me a more confident and happy person." We enter the operating room to witness one such procedure, and hear from several cosmetic surgeons who speak of the enormous aesthetic and psychological benefits that result from their work.
Boob Envy also features insights from a variety of male subjects who all testify to their fondness for female breasts, even while they contend that size ultimately doesn't matter to them. In the end, the film encourages women to embrace their form - no matter the shape or size of their breasts.