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Tongue Magazine
Fall 2002

Why Men Are Fascinated with Big Breasts
By Dr. Ava Cadell

Titties, tits, ta-tas, boobs, melons, jugs, knockers, honkers, headlights, twins, bazookas, bazongas, rack, cantaloupes, peaches, yabos, pomegranates, ya-yas, hee-haws, honeydews, boobs/boobies, cups, balloons, mammaries, hooters, bazookers, nips, coconuts, rascals, waps, baps, buns, cushions, dirty pillows, bust, chest, bosoms, bouncy castles, puppies, funbags, chubbas, and chebs.

The male fascination with breasts starts from the moment he is born and is a direct result of being breastfed as a baby. An infant has basic instincts that draw him towards his mother. He can actually smell her milk. The comfort a child receives by being nestled close to a mother’s breasts is one of total safety from the outside world. The feelings newborn experiences when suckling his mother’s breast include oral satisfaction, nourishment, nurturance, and unconditional love. Images of the mother’s breasts are imbedded in his brain and resurface periodically as sexual fantasies. Sigmund Freud said that a child’s first erotic object is the mother’s breast. Not only mother’s love, but also sexual love--starting with the pleasure of kissing--centers around the breast.

“What about the men who weren’t breastfed?” you may be wondering to yourself. Many men who were bottle-fed are just as fascinated with breasts as those who were breastfed, especially if their mothers had large breasts. These men who were deprived of oral satisfaction during infancy are even more fascinated with breasts as they get older. Touching a girl’s breast for the first time can be an initiation into adulthood for some boys, becoming a lifelong obsession and perpetual preoccupation for many men. They hunger for women with large breasts and often become obsessed with them. You may wonder why women don’t react the same way as men after being breastfed or breast deprived. It may be simply because women grow their own breasts. However, women who were breastfed and nurtured by their mothers have a healthier opinion of their own breasts in their adulthood.

Men’s fascination with breasts is also due to the visible dominance of breasts. The other sex organs are more hidden and less accessible. I guarantee that if men’s penises were as highly visible as our breasts, protruding blatantly out of their pants, women would be just as fascinated with them as men are with breasts. I also believe that men are more attracted to women with big breasts because they feel less threatened by them mentally. Large breasted women are often categorized by men as dumb, and they are often visualized as easy to seduce and more sexual in bed than small breasted women. Breasts therefore become the barometer for sexuality. Having large breasts implies that a woman is more sexual. Men who date women with large breasts thus become more sexual by default.

The societal emphasis on the importance of having large breasts cannot be overstated. During World War II, large breasts stood as symbols of abundance during this time of depression. By the 1940’s, advertisers were using breasts to promote and influence everything from common household items to cars. Voluptuous movie stars like Jane Russell and Jane Mansfield dominated the screen with their large breasts. By the 1950’s, big breasts were mandatory if you wanted to become a Hollywood sex symbol.

In 1953, Hugh Hefner published the first edition of Playboy Magazine with the voluptuous Marilyn Monroe as his nude centerfold, and it was the beginning of breast mania for adolescent boys everywhere. Playboy has maintained its image by publishing nude photos of young women with either big breasts or perfect breasts. The ongoing demand for breast implants, despite the risks the procedure entails, makes it clear that today’s ideal is still a Playboy centerfold or a Barbie doll figure--both top heavy and lusted after by men. The FDA estimates that over two million women have had breast implants, primarily to please men.

Still, the obsession with breasts is not a recent phenomenon. Breasts have been celebrated, admired and envied throughout the ages, as evinced in ancient art and fashion. In 1600 BC, there were sculptures of Minoan bare breasted high priestesses. Thereafter, many statues portrayed multi-breasted goddesses to signify power. In ancient Egypt, women adorned their breasts with primitive paintings and added perfumes to attract the opposite sex. They also kept their breasts bare so that they could frequently suckle their babies. In early Rome and Greece, Nubian slaves exposed their breasts to please their masters. Greek sculptors and Athenian vases frequently depicted exposed breasts.

Even during the reign of Christianity, around 341 AD, when women were forced to wear shapeless fashions, art frequently portrayed women with one or more of their breasts exposed to signify fertility rather than sexuality.

In the 14th Century, necklines lowered, clothes tightened and breasts were once again flaunted to the delight of every red-blooded man. It was during the Renaissance period that the corset was born. Breasts were pushed up, pushed together and molded into firm protruding decorations of desire that emphasized breasts to the max.

In 1508, Michelangelo was commissioned to repaint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, which he adorned with nudity in his portrayal of Adam and Eve. Rembrandt’s renowned portrait The Jewish Bride from 1666 depicts the husband holding his wife’s left breast as if he is claiming her.

In the 17th Century large breasts were the symbol of both erotica and productivity. This was an age of sensuality, wealth and power, especially in Europe, which was thriving on the success of its growing trade industry. In the 19th Century in America, female slaves were displayed bare breasted as they were put up for auction. Men judged their worth by the size and firmness of their breasts.

It should be noted that today breasts are much less sexualized in other non-Western cultures such as certain parts of Asia and Africa where breasts are not hidden under clothes or exaggerated with cleavage. In places like Bali, Indonesia and some parts of China, women walk around with their breasts exposed while they work, and it is considered natural, normal--completely void of eroticism. Perspectives on female breasts and nakedness vary enormously across cultures. For instance, at one extreme, women in certain parts of the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, are prohibited from revealing any part of their breasts in public; yet, in many Western European nations such as France, Sweden and Holland, women can parade around topless or totally naked at public beaches. In the United States, this same behavior on the part of women often results in extremely puerile behavior by men.

It could be argued that if men did not worship big breasts, women would not be obsessed with enlarging them. If the media didn’t continue to hire big-breasted women to promote products, teenage boys would not focus their sexual energy on them. Even the traditional willowy, high fashion model has now been transformed into a new, more titillating 5’11” sex symbol like Tyra Banks as seen in the pages of the Victoria Secrets catalog. And what would TV be without seeing the ever scintillating, bouncing breasts of Pamela Anderson? What's more, Oscar winning actresses like Halle Berry are drop dead gorgeous with impeccable breasts, so it’s no wonder that men are fascinated, mesmerized and often obsessed with breasts.

Whatever the biological, historical, psychological, or cultural reasons for the fascination with breasts are, the issue is even more convoluted by the existence of silicone and saline breasts. For some men who love to look at big breasts, when they find out that those perfectly perky double D’s are false, they freak out. So what are the perfect breasts? The majority of men say their definition of the perfect breasts is a perky 36D, firm but not too firm, bouncy, not too far apart, long nipples, slight hang, medium-size areola, not took dark, and more than a handful. (A tall order, even for the most talented plastic surgeon.) They want to be able to bury their head in soft, warm flesh that jiggles when it moves. Other men admit that size really matters and don’t care if the breasts are real or fake. And, there are still other men who will compromise their size fixation if a woman has small breasts but long nipples.

This "bigger is better" tendency is analogous to Americans’ obsessions with having a bigger car, a bigger house and getting paid bigger bucks. It’s possible that some of this arrogance has transformed into a societal set of values that bigger breasts are the sexiest and most gratifying. There is so much more to a woman than a pair of breasts, and it would be revolutionary to be appreciated for the entire package-other physical attributes such as eyes, feet, smile-as well as inner beauty and sexuality.

What else is behind this passion for what is, let’s face it, ultimately just another body part? Breasts have often been compared to many round things that we find appealing, such as melons, the sun, moon, pearls. The breast has also been used to denote supremacy, possession, beauty and power. Perhaps therein lies the answer-supremacy, beauty and power-that which we desire so ardently and find so difficult to resist. Whatever shape or size breasts a woman has, the result is always the same when a man is making love to her-a direct link from the brain to the penis!

Bibliography:

Breasts: The Women’s Perspective on an American Obsession, By Carolyn Latteier, published by Harrington Park Press, 1998.

Woman: An Intimate Geography By Natalie Angier, published by Houghton Mifflin, 1999.

“Sexual History Breasts” in www.all-beauty.net, Bustline Design, 1999.

Tongue
April 2005

The History Of The Condom
by Dr. Ava Cadell

Fish and animal intestines, muscle tissue of slain warriors, rubber, linen, leather, tortoise shell, and animal horns, all these substances used to be the favored form of protection. These primitive condoms were dipped in chemicals or other solutions, cut, washed, tied and blown up, all to try and make the material soft enough and flexible enough to get on their penises. Sounds like a lot of work? Well, it was. The good news was these suckers were reusable. The bad news? They were also very expensive. So, only a small percentage of the population could afford them. Does that make you feel a little less ornery about having to wear your love glove and slap on some lube?

Believe it or not, the Egyptians may have discovered condoms accidentally over 3000 years ago. Egyptian men covered their penises with a linen sheath for decorative purposes, protection against diseases, or contraceptive purposes. We’ll never know because it wasn’t until more than another 1000 years later that there was evidence of condom use, as depicted in cave drawings at Cambarelles in France.

The first research on condoms as a means of protection against STDs was done in Italy during the 1500s by Gabrielle Fallopius, who claimed that his linen sheath condoms prevented over 1100 men from becoming infected with syphilis.

So how did the condom get its name? Some say it comes from the Latin word “condus,” meaning “receptacle”. However, there are those who attribute the invention to the fabled Dr. Condom who worked for the promiscuous King Charles II who reigned in England during the 1600s. Supposedly, Dr. Condom invented his licentious device in order to prevent King Chuck from contracting diseases from prostitutes or fathering illegitimate offspring.

For all you men who subscribe to the “skin to skin or I won’t put it in” approach to sex, you might be interested in knowing that the proverbial stud himself--Casanova--regularly wore condoms to protect against disease.

The first major technical revolution of the condom was in the 1840s when the vulcanization of rubber, or latex, was invented by Goodyear and Hancock. The result was cheaper and more readily available condoms--and the euphemism “rubbers”. The most significant technological advancement in condom manufacturing came during the 1930s when latex condoms began being massed produced. Latex is still the most common condom being manufactured today.

In the 1960s, when the birth control pill and IUD became readily available, the condom was practically rendered obsolete. Good girls just did it, and penicillin prevailed. It wasn’t until the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s that condom use regained its prominence.

In the last ten years, there has been more advancement in the production of condoms than in the previous 100 years combined. The most notable difference in the evolution of the condom is its function and purpose. Most condom makers are now manufacturing condoms with a variety of bumps, nubs, studs, and ribs to increase the sensation for women. For example, Trojan has taken a step towards equality by manufacturing a condom called Her Pleasure, with ridges on its base, emphasizing the woman’s satisfaction.

Condoms come in four basic sizes: snugger, which is up to 30% smaller than an average condom; regular; large; and extra-large, which is up to 30% larger than an average condom. How do you know where you fit it? Try taking an empty toilet paper roll and sliding it over your erect penis. If you fit in there with space to spare, you’re a snugger. If you fit in just right, you’re a regular guy. If it’s tight, you’re a large or extra-large fella.

Condom shape varies greatly, particularly among those condoms, such as the Pleasure Plus and Inspiral, designed to give a man more sensation. These condoms have a bulbous head for a looser fit that allows the nerve endings in the penis to remain more sensitive. Trojan has also just released a condom called Extended Pleasure with a desensitizer cream that enables men to maintain their erections longer in order to extend their arousal. Whether you want to come quicker or last longer, there’s something for everyone.

Condoms come in eight colors plus glow in the dark. Scents and flavors are also two completely different things. For example, LifeStyles flavored condoms are really just scented. Durex both colors and scents its condoms. Trustex has the largest variety of scented and flavored condoms. When you have sex with scented condoms, the aroma permeates the entire room, which can be fun for something different.

Condoms are available in three different materials. The most common is latex, but, much to the relief of those allergic to latex, polyurethane condoms became available in the 1990s. Durex Avanti and Trojan Supra make polyurethane condoms and, of course, there is the female condom, which became available in 1992. Lambskin condoms are made from the intestines of sheep. This is what condoms were made of 3000 years ago. Lambskin condoms are the most expensive condoms but still provide the greatest sensation because they are so thin. Other ultra-thin condoms include Crown, Paradise and Kimono.

So, we’ve come a long way from the condom having a negative stigma. It is now a symbol of respect to yourself and your partner. Women are learning how to put condoms on their men’s penises with their mouths, thanks to yours truly, so that they can make safer sex more fun. Condoms are readily available in convenience stores and on the Internet. There are sites providing information on condom etiquette. Gene Simmons has even pioneered celebrity condom endorsements with his Kiss Kondoms that are “tongue lubricated”. As Adam Glickman, President of Condomania.com says, “Condoms are like shoes, you have to choose the right style, size and fit to maximize your pleasure.”

Bibliography:
“A Brief History of the Condom”. Http://www.craigsweb.com/condom2.htm. 30 August 2002.
“Brief History of Condoms”. Http://www.postalcondoms.co.uk/history.htm. 30 August 2002.
“Condoms: History, Effectiveness and Testing”. Http://www.avert.org/condoms.htm. 30 August 2002.
Hall, Lesley A. . “Condom”. Http: //homepages.primex.co.uk/~lesleyah/ocbcond.htm. 30 August 2002.
Interview with Adam Glickman, 10 September 2002.
Knowles, Jon. “The History of the Condom”. Http://sexuality.about.com/library/weekly/aa082399.htm. 30 August 2002.
Louk, Jess. “Condom History 101”. Http://www.kstatecollegian.com/ISSUES/v101/sp/n098/opinion/ opn.louk.2-18.html. 30 August 2002.
“The Female Condom”. Http://www.avert.org/femcond.htm. 9 September 2002.

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