Boys and Boobs
The male fascination with the female breast.
Why are we guys so fascinated by those two quivering mounds of flesh that every woman loves to display?
One theory has it that, despite being overwhelmed by images of them, everywhere we look,, they are still, in some respects, considered forbidden fruit for us boys. Finding a young guy who doesn’t brag to his friends, the first time he actually manages to touch one, would be looking for a needle in a haystack.
In the animal kingdom, willing females present swollen backsides to the males, but human females walk upright, so the butt, whilst often very attractive, isn’t the focus of attention for the boys. Instead, they concentrate on the boobs, looking for signs of sexual maturity, and if a gal’s nipples are erect, even better, as this indicates sexual arousal.
Ancient man had as big a fascination for the female breast as any modern one does, and big-breasted Paleolithic figurines, as well as cave drawings, represented fertility or nursing goddesses. Big boobs were very desirable, and even sacred, but the advent of religion meant that the breast lost its sacredness and took on a predominantly erotic meaning in Western culture, though it has a really colourful history.
Greek mythology credits Queen Hera with creating the Milky Way. Humans believed they could gain immortality if they drank her breast milk. Zeus placed his mortal son Hercules at her breast while she slept. On waking to find him there, she yanked him off with such force that her breast milk squirted across the heavens to create the Milky Way.
The first “bra” dates back to Crete in 2500 BC when the women wore garments that lifted their bare breasts, like a push-up bra. Ancient Roman and Greek women took the opposite approach, strapping on bands to reduce breast size. In Aphrodite’s time, just before the birth of Christ, the ideal breast was apple sized, but by medieval times, women of size were considered most desirable again, and larger bosoms were all the rage.
Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henry II of France, invented the first steel corset during the 1550s. Corsets fell out of style in the 1850s, but came back with a vengeance in late Victorian times, made of canvas with steel or whalebone casings, and designed to give women 13-inch waists. It was sexual torture for those poor women, but it didn’t half emphasise their boobs.