Our "modern" bodies are a model approximately 30,000 years old because the basic design has not changed significantly in the past 30,000 years. For example, women's breasts are still used for both gender identification and to show that they are good candidates for producing children. This "advertising game" has been going on throughout our history as a species and has worked well as evidenced by our growing population in every corner of the planet.
Interestingly, women's breasts are larger than necessary to feed children. And they do not reduce in size much after the children are no longer feeding on them, as all animal breasts do.
An eight hundred pound gorilla and other large mammals have much smaller breasts than human females, yet, the animals feed their young very satisfactorily. Also, all primate females, except humans, are flat-chested until the female is producing milk for her new-born baby.
In ancient times men needed to identify an approaching stranger from a distance and know if he was going to need to fight a potential male enemy (i.e. no breasts evident) or get to have a "roll in the grass" with a new woman (i.e. someone with breasts).
It is obvious that women today recognize the value of breasts as signals of femininity because a multimillion dollar breast enhancement industry is thriving. Since 1963, silicon gel implants have been used to provide women with unnecessarily large perfectly shaped hemispherical breasts. This says much about how many women feel inadequate because of their small breast size or shape.
One of the reasons men may be so attracted to women's breasts is chemical. There are apocrine glands around the breast nipple, as well as under the arms and in the pubic area, that secrete erotic odors. These feminine odors cause men's brains to release an avalanche of male sex hormones that make men feel strong, pain-free, and excited.
If two breasts are good, are more better? About one in every 200 women has a third breast, and even more rarely there are four. The most in medical records were 5-pairs on a French woman in 1886. These extras are seldom more than a small nipple or a fat mound, much like a young girl's breasts just developing. Extra breasts are evidence of DNA still hanging around from our animal ancestors who gave birth to litters of more than two offspring at a time .
In most western cultures women dress to show they are female and are good candidates for producing children.
This powerful and deep need in women's DNA comes from women's millions of ancestors throughout history. The main way most women show they are female and have the capacity for producing offspring is by showing that they have breasts.
© Copyright 2008, revised 2013 by Lawrence Rodrigues, M.S., Director: EastWest Institute for Self-Understanding
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