Worried that her daughters' budding breasts would expose them to the risk of sexual harassment and even rape (in Cameroon), their mother Philomene Moungang started 'ironing' the girls' bosoms with a heated stone.No shit.
"I did it to my two girls when they were eight years old. I would take the grinding stone, heat it in the fire and press it hard on the breasts," Moungang said.
"They cried and said it was painful ....
"... But I explained that it was for their own good."What a totally f**ked-up world we live in. Teenage girls in California worry about which hip-hugger jeans they should buy, while teenage girls in Cameroon worry about having their breasts burned with a hot iron.
"Breast ironing" -- the use of hard or heated objects or other substances to try to stunt breast growth in girls -- is a traditional practice in West Africa, experts say. A new survey has revealed it is shockingly widespread in Cameroon, where one in four teenagers are subjected to the traumatic process by relatives, often hoping to lessen their sexual attractiveness.