Breast milk is pretty much magic – an all-nourishing substance that provides a small baby with exactly what they need to flourish and grow. It’s a masterpiece of evolutionary engineering that we totally take for granted.
We didn’t think much could top it, until we saw an anatomical image of what the muscles in and around breasts look like, including the flowerlike milk duct structures and mammary glands.
I just realized I never saw a photo of a female muscle system. This is NOT what I imagined milk ducts to look like. pic.twitter.com/GBK6trgXF8— Byeonce (@lemonadead) April 21, 2019
The photo, posted by Twitter user @lemonadead, has had nearly 50,000 likes and left people baffled, amazed and, well, a bit weirded out.
This is extremely disturbing why TF did u show us this WHYYYYY— Deidara (@DesireeWolf182) April 23, 2019
i’m like... mad that this is a thing. it’s so scary that i’m angry at it— mayor guega. (@heyitsgauge) April 22, 2019
There were those who were fascinated by the photo...
Okay...abit scary at first but then they kind of look like flowers covering the muscle. I think it's pretty.🌻 Love it! ...Also this explains a lot 😩— Samantha Amari (@Babe_artist) April 22, 2019
I am in complete awe of this. How gorgeous.— 🧚Fairy God-dumpster🗑️ (@gnunoise) April 23, 2019
why is everyone saying it’s gross, we have literal flowers on our titties that’s so cool— hunny bunny🍯 (@sierrabestill) April 22, 2019
And if they weren’t reminded of flowers, the image brought to mind various other things...
This reminds me of those nail tip wheels they show you in the salon. This is deeply distressing. pic.twitter.com/hCKWnk1qsX— Kristel (@the_vajabond) April 22, 2019
We’ve all seen pictures of the body’s muscular system umpteen times – but do a Google search for “human muscle anatomy” and you get hundreds of images of male musculature – endless variations of that poster that hangs on the back of your doctor’s door showing a front and back view of a man without his skin removed.
Like so many things, the male version is often viewed as the default, while the female version is seen as unusual – as people on Twitter also pointed out.
Maybe it’s only freaking people out because it’s not normalized because of the patriarchy showing us a man’s biology in class.— Jasmin J (@meanyqueeny) April 22, 2019
It’s actually crazy to me that it’s 2019 and I’ve never seen a photo of a female muscle system, either.— Ally. (@AllyCothran) April 23, 2019
There is a lot of interesting stuff going on inside the human breast: glands within glands, and lobules, and keratin plugs and all kinds of processes.
But considering how fascinated some are by the outside of breasts, we could all probably do with learning a bit more about the insides.