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Breasts: Does the Size Matter?

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In the last month, two things have happened that left me with that “duh, doe in head lights” expression and wondering if I was the only woman on earth who is genuinely happy that God did not see fit to give me Double Ds.

The first was my daughter confiding that her boyfriend had agreed to pay for implants so that she would not have to worry about breast cancer. When two of my sisters did this, vanity was involved, as none of the women in my extended family are well-endowed or have had breast cancer, but my daughter has undergone breast reduction surgery, so this left me wondering why she was worried about cancer. Tristan is a beautiful, well-shaped woman of 33, and is generally more concerned with appearance than she is with physical side effects, health concerns or most things healthy. This came out of left field.

The second, and you’re going to love this one, I did. My husband came in Friday afternoon telling me to remind him to shave before work on Monday. His beard grows slowly and he has to shave less often than most men, but there were reasons that his boss suggested that he and his fellow lab technician shave and spruce up. Her name is (fill in the blank). She’s a technician and apparently well endowed, and for whatever reason men do these things, their boss encouraged them to look their best for the visit from this lady. Okay, telling me to remember to tell anyone anything is folly; in the first degree…I barely remember my name most days. However, come Monday morning, my husband remembered all by himself and was Texas “perty” for the day. My husband, as is witness by his marrying a woman so under-endowed, is not a breast man, but there are men who go “ga-ga” at the very sight of a large- breasted woman.

I have been told, large breasts are extremely uncomfortable, they make a good many tasks difficult to perform and they leave strap impressions in the shoulder region. It’s no wonder that I have not felt slighted by having not been so well-developed, but these are serious complaints among women with large breasts and they can cause complications later in life.

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The "human animal" (in this instance, female humans) are the only ones who have permanetly enlarged breasts, whether they ever have children or not, and they remain enlarged until the female dies, no matter if she is 20 or 120; therefore decades after she ends her years of fertility.

There are many schools of thoughts on why this is.

One obvious answer is that enlarged breasts show the females age. She is capable of bearing children (I'm not talking the legalities of things here). Showing her breasts and her fat stores tells a man she is capable of bearing and nurturing his children.

With regard to size; it is known that women who live together end up with the same mentrual cycle. An unconscious form of competition with other women, for the attention of a man. Some have suggested the same is with breast size. Some women have naturally tiny breasts, others have naturally larger ones. Men (not all, but a majority) are more attracted to the female with the fuller breast. This fullness is an announcement of her child bearing capabilities.

All other animals only produce enlarge breasts when pregnant and nursing. So why does a 40 year old woman who never had a child have big breasts? Why does a 90 year old woman have them? Why don't they shrink and all but disappear, like all other mammals?

It mostly comes down to competition that has nothing to do with being "western". Women from all corners of the world have breasts, whether they use them or not. And men from all corners of the world have a natural inclination to find them attractive. The fact that we in the West advertise it a lot more, doesn't mean we're the only folks on the planet who find breasts arousing. All men do, even those in more primitive tribes or in places that have no "western" influence. They also find breasts sexual, as well as functional. Studies on tribes where women are often topless or naked, and breastfeed publicly in a nurse-on-demand way, show that men touch and stroke the breast when are sexually aroused and when they are having sex. When interviewed by reseachers, the men have told how they find the female breast erotic, even if they see the breast every day, on a constant basis, and even when the breast is used continually for it's functional purpose.
Lesbian women find the female breast very sexual, and they cannot procreate with another woman.

So why are big breasts attractive? To sum it up, they show fertility, the ability to nurture the young and the bigger they are, the more obvious the sign is. Just like a male peacock shows his plumes, he is more attractive to female peacocks when his colors are big and bright, rather than dull and small. It's the same thing with the breast.

July 1, 2009 - 11:34am
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The anthropological intricacies of sexual attractiveness as it pertains to female breast size is rather interesting. As functional apparatus it generally doesn't matter much (with few notable exceptions) really how small or large they are as they will nevertheless fulfill their biological function of producing milk when called upon to do so. Notwithstanding that functional unimportance of breast size the "Size" of a woman's breasts can in a some measure determine her relative attractiveness to males. Generally speaking males, and indeed females in modern western culture have been socialized, and enculturated to find larger as opposed to smaller breasts to be more attractive, however this was not and is not the same in other cultures, nor has it always been the case at other times throughout history.

Perhaps if one of the Gods had designed things as the writer above has indicated, it might have been wiser to have the females breasts grow, and shrink in relationship to the reproductive stages of the female. No breasts until needed, and then they grow very large to indicate fertility to attract mates. After mating and pregnancy they would adjust to the optimal size for feeding the young, and after the reproductive years the breasts would again shrink down to firm perfectly formed manageable teenage sized breasts which would not be prone to cancer and unlikely to drag on the ground. The gods had nothing to do with this bad design!

June 30, 2009 - 10:50am
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