A Cultural History of Breasts


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The female breast.

They are a beautiful part of the human body that provides food to a baby. They are also considered one of the most popular parts of the human body for sexual desire.

The question has been debated for years as to whether female breasts are an organ of physical need or for sexual pleasure. The fact that breasts are both.

They are also a very personal part of the female physique and can be a source of discomfort, embarrassment and even shame for some woman, which is sad (if you feel like this about your breasts please contact us as we can help!)

Some Historical Facts About Female Breasts

The earliest known case of breast cancer is noted to come from ancient Egypt back in 3000 BC.

Wet-nursing, as it was called back in 2000 BC, has been described as one of the world’s earliest professions. If a woman could not or did not want to breastfeed her child, other women were recruited to perform this task. This was accepted in society until the nursing bottle was invented in the 19th century.

In the 1700s, the broad-rimmed Champagne glass was rumoured to be modelled after Marie Antoinette’s breasts. This turned out not to be true, but it is evidence that society has viewed the female breast as an object of desire.

In the early 1900s, the world’s first bra appeared in society. A member of New York’s upper class named Mary Phelps Jacob did not like how a corset looked with an evening dress. With two handkerchiefs and some ribbon, the first version of the bra was created.

Big breasts were not always popular in society. In the 1920s, the fashion scene preferred flat chests. Bras were constructed to flatten the breasts. This didn’t last long, but it did happen.

The1950s brought about the beginning of society’s obsession with larger breasts. Pinup models like Maryilyn Monroe and Bettie Page were the cover girls for sex appeal which highlighted large breasts.

The first breast implant occurred in the early 1960s and the desire for the procedure has not slowed down since. Breast implants serve as source of healing for women who have had a mastectomy. They can also be a source of improved self esteem for women who feel self conscious about having small or misshapen breasts.

Breast implants are a very personal decision for a woman. This decision should be made with careful consideration and consultation from medical professionals and maybe a psychiatrist.

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