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Treasure chests: The obsession about female breasts

By Steve Korver Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 18:21
The world of adult breastfeeding … On boobs and burkinis … New frontiers in bra research … Mmmm chicken … These mammary flashes and more in this week’s Sex in the Press.

Pass the milk

Many people find breasts attractive. Part of this obsession obviously stems from the ability of breasts to dispense milk. Babies love the stuff.

As adults, breasts continue to catch our eyes – even if you’re a straight woman, according to a recent study.

And some adults even maintain an interest in the breast’s by-products, according to ‘Inside the misunderstood world of adult breastfeeding’.

But don’t call these milkers weird!

“The idea that people who participate in ANR ["Adult Nursing Relationship"] are freaks, Chelsea says, is a huge misconception that people in the community want to disabuse.”

“What's so weird about giving human milk to another human?” Chelsea wonders. “We drink milk from other species but we can't drink it from our own?”

Boobs of the Republic!

“Marianne has a naked breast because she is feeding the people! She is not veiled, because she is free! That is the republic!” proclaimed the French prime minister during a rally.

Chelsea would have surely cheered.

“Manuel Valls, who clashed with France’s education minister over his support for mayors who have banned full-body swimsuits from beaches, gave a rousing speech on Monday night in which he hailed the bare breasts of Marianne, a national symbol of the French Republic,” according ‘French PM suggests naked breasts represent France better than a headscarf’.

Happily, this oddly reversed-Taliban-like ban on the so-called ‘burkini’ was overturned by France’s highest court the next day for being “manifestly illegal”.

Breast-shy Saint

Meanwhile in India, women are no longer banned from visiting an iconic Mumbai shrine, according to ‘Is Haji Ali ruling heralding a new kind of feminist movement in India?’.

Clerics believed that “close proximity between a woman and the grave of a Muslim saint is a grievous sin, according to Islam.”

One of the main worries was that women would expose their breasts when they bowed down out of respect.

Happily, the courts lifted the ban, citing no Koranic evidence for the existence of such sins.

New frontiers in bra research

Breasts can offer other challenges to those who carry them. For example, the added heft of a female athlete’s chest can actually hurt her performance.

Happily, “sports bra design and innovation has moved on greatly from the first general exercise bra developed by Lisa Lindahl and Polly Smith in 1977, which was in fact two jockstraps sewed together,” according to ‘How the science of sports bras keeps women with larger breasts in the running’.

However, some female athletes still take more extreme measures.

After the Romanian tennis player Simona Halep had breast reduction surgery, her worldwide ranking went from below 450 to placing third at Wimbledon. “Her strokes are less restricted now that those obstacles have been reduced,” observed her coach.

Big boob empathy

To enhance big boob empathy, ‘Bra company employees wear E-cup “breast weights” for a day to gain a better understanding of women’.

The male staff was asked by their CEO to wear weights of 2.2-3.5lbs around their necks to “get a better feel for the product they are designing” and “truly understand how important good bra support is”.

In one way, this action sounds like a heart-warming story. In another way, it may have been insensitive to those male staff members already straddled with their own ‘man boobs’ – aka moobs. But that’s another story…

Meanwhile, I have a new low-calorie recipe to try: ‘Milk-poached chicken breasts’.

Mmmm chicken.

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