• Fri, Feb 8 2013

Men’s Ever Obsessive Love For Boobs Revealed

Nice knit boobs!

Nice knit boobs, lady friend!

Biologically speaking, this human male breast obsession is pretty weird. Men are the only male mammals fascinated by breasts in a sexual context. Women are the only female mammals whose breasts become enlarged at puberty, independent of pregnancy. We are also the only species in which males caress, massage and even orally stimulate the female breasts during foreplay and sex.

It’s true. Isn’t it a bit strange? The ogling, the millions of pieces of porn that praise them and put them on a pedestal, and forget about wearing a low-cut dress in the summer — there’s no way in hell you’ll be able to walk down the street without men gawking. No matter the size or shape; men love breasts, and obsessively so.

I, the budding human biologist and evolutionary expert, always thought it was because men don’t have breasts — well, at least not to the degree that women do. People often crave what the don’t have so that makes sense. Although I’m not sure I’ve met a woman who’s ever obsessed over a penis the way men go crazy for boobs.

Larry Young, Ph.D and Brian Alexander think they has solved this great mystery. And tragically, it doesn’t include my hypothesis on the matter.

While some who have studied the topic have equated that the obsession with breasts, which store fat, somehow goes hand in hand with the male’s desire to procreate and bear healthy, badass kids to help in prolonging the existence of the species, Young and Alexander disagree. Instead, and it’s still evolutionary in its neurological explanation so we can’t totally get pissed at men for it, it relates to the bond between a woman and her infant during nursing.

When a woman gives birth, her newborn will engage in some pretty elaborate manipulations of its mother’s breasts. This stimulation sends signals along nerves and into the brain. There, the signals trigger the release of a neurochemical called oxytocin from the brain’s hypothalamus. This oxytocin release eventually stimulates smooth muscles in a woman’s breasts to eject milk, making it available to her nursing baby.

So men just want to nurse forever? It kind of takes the sexual aspect out of the whole thing, but apparently the oxytocin also beneifits the mother. The reward of nursing provides for a “feel-good experience” due to the intamacy of the bond, and it’s something that stay with not just the infant, but the mother for the rest of their lives.

Another thought from these two gentlemen is that we are the only species who get it on face-to-face. (I know! I was surprised, too!) Again a bond is created by that looking, or rather gazing, into each others eyes during sex. Just as when the oxytocin took control of the nursing baby and mother, it has a similar effect during nipple stimulation and that eye contact; all of which add to the moment, and pretty much makes both parties delirious even if they’re unaware of it.

So before we freak out and demand a gentleman take his stare off our gorgeous racks, we should keep in mind that it’s an “unconscious evolutionary drive prompting us [men] to activate powerful bonding circuits that help create a loving, nurturing bond.”

Humph.

Well, I had no idea I was creating bonds with the every man who walks past me on the street, especially the Con Edison guys who really can’t get enough in the summer months. But OK then. So ladies, let’s just keep bonding away! Or, in my case, flaunting my breasts and quietly singing to myself: “You can’t have them. They’re all mine…”

 

Via HuffingtonPost

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