I believe the human body is an amazing and marvelous thing.
I believe there is beauty in everyone whether old or young, skinny or fat, male or female, tall or short, black or white (or any shade in between), whether they conform to any given cultural ideals of beauty or not.
I believe perfection in a woman is not defined by her breast size anymore than perfection in a man is defined by his penis size. It is defined by a person's size of heart and development of their mind.
I believe surgically altering one's body should be done for the sake of improving physical health or repairing damage that has been done by disease or injury. However, I also believe adults have the right to have surgery for purely cosmetic reasons.
I believe when a button like this, with the caption "help build the perfect girl"and a link to raise funds for someone's breast implants, is put up as part of HNT and followed with a crass, "Maybe if we help her raise enough she'll let us see them later."...HNT ceases to be a fun weekly post where variety of form can be celebrated. I believe it sends the message that you are more valued if you conform to narrow definitions of physical beauty and if you are willing to bare all for cyberspace. I do believe if an adult wants to bare everything he or she has that right.
That said, I believe it is time for me to say goodbye to official HNT participation. I expect to continue posting in my own particular style without linking to the site where folks announce their posts. I will not be bothering to post on Wednesday evenings and heading over to say I have done so. On Thursdays you'll get a "slice of lime" that will either be artistic, humorous, or have a story to tell. I will continue to visit the folks I've enjoyed in the past and do my best to say hello to anyone who visits me. This week I may be somewhat absent due to the holiday coming up and various preparations.