Mr. Coffey -- I am an anthropologist, one of the world's experts
on this topic. Decades ago, anthropologists like Owen Lovejoy and
zoologists like Desmond Morris made this claim, but it was disputed
even when they made it in the 1970s and 1980s, and my 1995 book
chapter put this argument to rest, using data to back up my claims.
Ford and Beach's 1951 survey of cultures around the world found
only 13 out of 190 cultures surveyed where men viewed women's
breasts as sexual. 13 out of 190. Viewing breasts as sexual is not
part of human nature. And I would like some reference for your
claim that men find them attractive even in societies where they
don't find them attractive. It makes no sense. Please read my
research before you continue to promote this silly and bogus claim.
Viewing breasts as erotic is a CULTURAL phenomenon, just like
Chinese men of the 19th and early 20th centuries lusting over
women's tiny, deformed/decaying feet. You can read most of "Beauty
and the Breast" here:
While I could easily dispute on many levels the veracity of your
claims, Katherine A. Dettwyler, the fact of the matter is, this is
not my theory but one supported by a large sector of both the
psychological and anthropological communities. And FYI, in many of
the cultures of the world where “men view women's breasts
like US men view women's elbows,” breasts still hold allure
and feed sexual attraction.
The only problem with your "theory" is that humans do NOT have a
universal fascination with human breasts. In fact, this is a
cultural behavior of very limited geographic and time duration.
Please see Dettwyler, Katherine A. 1995 "Beauty and the Breast: The
Cultural Context of Breastfeeding in the United States," published
in Breastfeeding: Biocultural Perspectives, edited by Patricia
Stuart-Macadam and Katherine A. Dettwyler, Aldine de
Gruyter/Transaction publishers. In most cultures around the world,
men view women's breasts like US men view women's elbows.
Functional body parts, nothing more, nothing less.
Thank you sir!
Wow! Great discussion again James, Thumbs up on this.