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Fashion and beauty are fickle in nature. One day, you’re waxing your full, bushy brows to Kate Moss perfection; the next, you’re crying into your magnifying mirror, praying to the eyebrow gods and repenting for your mistakes.

Unfortunately, other body parts aren’t off limits when it comes to trends. From the rib crushing corsets of the early 19th century to the Victoria’s Secret Bombshell push-up bras of today, it seems like women’s bodies are often forced to fit one idealized form after another.

Naturally, the December 2016 issue of British Vogue is chiming in on the centuries-long discussion of what should be highlighted on a woman’s body. What’s moving to the sidelines? Boobs.

“The cleavage – those magnificent mounds pushed together to display sexual empowerment, to seduce, to inspire lust or even just to show off – is over, or at least, taking a well-earned break,” says the article, entitled Desperately Seeking Cleavage.

Of course, there’s been some well-deserved Internet clapback.

The author, Kathleen Baird-Murray says we might have missed the point of the article:

 

But in a world where women’s bodies are already policed, shamed and constantly scrutinized, isn’t declaring a body part “in” or “out” a bit unnecessary?

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