Wednesday, September 09, 2015




The Breast (1972) is a novella by Philip Roth, in which the main character, David Kepesh, becomes a 155-pound breast


Americans are obsessed with big breasts and big butts.

But this infatuation with bottoms and bosoms SEEMS TO BE a perennial and universal preoccupation.

Scientists have hypothesized that non-paraphilic sexual attraction to breasts is the result of their function as a secondary sex characteristic. For instance, zoologist and ethologist Desmond Morristheorizes that cleavage is a sexual signal that imitates the image of the cleft between the buttocks, which according to Morris in The Naked Ape is also unique to humans, other primates as a rule having much flatter buttocks. Evolutionary psychologists theorize that humans' permanently enlarged breasts, in contrast to other primates' breasts, which only enlarge during ovulation, allows human females to "solicit [human] male attention and investment even when they are not really fertile.

Most mammals (EXCEPT FOR OUR SIMIAN COUSINS) don't seem to have this obsession, but I need to do more research to know for sure.

The history of striptease offers a glimpse into this obsession, and though there is not much on butts and breasts, we can use our imagination:

In ancient Greece, the lawgiver Solon established several classes of prostitutes in the late 6th century BC. Among these classes of prostitutes were the auletrides: female dancers, acrobats, and musicians, noted for dancing naked in an alluring fashion in front of audiences of men. In ancient Rome, dance featuring stripping was part of the entertainments (ludi) at the Floralia, an April festival in honor of the goddess Flora. Empress Theodora, wife of 6th-century Byzantine emperor Justinian is reported by several ancient sources to have started in life as a courtesan and actress who performed in acts inspired from mythological themes and in which she disrobed "as far as the laws of the day allowed". She was famous for her striptease performance of "Leda and the Swan". From these accounts, it appears that the practice was hardly exceptional nor new. It was, however, actively opposed by the Christian Church, which succeeded in obtaining statutes banning it in the following century. The degree to which these statutes were subsequently enforced is, of course, opened to question. What is certain is that no practice of the sort is reported in texts of the European Middle Ages.

Breasts and butts generate a lot of bucks...
and divorces.

Muslim women do not produce such an obsession BECAUSE THEY ARE VEILED, BUT they are mocked for their excessively protective apparel.
No butts or breasts show.
Only mystery.


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