Another Oddity About the Human Female (From an Evolutionary Point of View)

WARNING: ANYONE QUEASY ABOUT ANYONE TALKING ABOUT OR SHOWING USUALLY HIDDEN PORTIONS OF THE FEMALE ANATOMY SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM THIS BLOG FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK! BY THEN, THIS POSTING SHOULD BE LOW ENOUGH SO YOU CAN IGNORE IT

)While looking at the picture to the left (and, just so you know, you can find the full picture of Mrs. Hewitt with some other gal here. I just decided to edit out the more plastic one and keep the (reasonably) real hottie for my blog.) I’m reminded of another reason why Humans are so odd as a species.

First off, again it’s something for men to look at. Most other species would have them things on a male’s body simply because the male would be the one looking for the partner. Instead, we humans have placed the onus of selection on females, with the result that they have things like the above.

Second, breasts on females are actually the perfect example of sexual selection in action. They don’t really do much of anything for the female (milk production — the reason breasts exist in the first place — is not affected by breast size) outside of attract male eyes, they can get too big for the woman’s health (Over 2,000,000 hits for “breast reduction surgery” with the term “breast reduction” as a single item to look for) and they tend to sag as they grow older.

So why would they come to develop on females?

My guess would be that it started as an aberration in some early African Savannah. A woman developed breasts, and the alpha males of the group ignored her for her flatter-chested sisters. Other men found her welcoming, soon she found herself the mother of multiple children whereas the women hanging out with the alpha males probably had one or two, maybe three tops. If most of the breasted woman’s kids were girls, chances are they were spread around neighboring groups (to ally them, or at least make peace), and other men would vie for these girls, knowing they were safe from the Alpha Males. Eventually even the alpha males would notice, especially during a drought when a bigger-breasted woman was able to survive by burning the fat reserves on her chest.

As for me, while breasts of all sizes (except maybe utterly flat) are nice to peek at, I find the smaller sized items more attractive. Sagging affects them less, plus nipples tend to disappear into bigger breasts. Plus your eye moves to other aspects of the woman, insuring you get a fuller picture.

But that’s just me. Me, and a bit of experience affecting my view.

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