Breasts in the news again
by Jake Quinn
And to think Government had the nerve to cut university funds and scholarships in the Budget.
Whether it is studying the social science of bogans or discovering that – lo and behold – men tend to be fixated by breasts, research of this type will always raise eyebrows and make universities look a little bit silly.
I’d like to defend them, but I can’t really be bothered. So I will instead note the sillyness of the story that adjoined the picture to your right.
Men look at a naked woman’s breasts or midriff before her face, according to a New Zealand study. About half of men, 47%, first look at women’s breasts while one in three target the midriff, Wellington’s Victoria University researchers found.
Firstly, one doesn’t need to engage the brain for terribly long to know what ‘midriff’ is here referring to and it’s not the belly button. Secondly, what do you think would happen if you got a group of women together and flashed them pictures of naked men whilst tracking their eye movements?
Do you think they’d all giggle and say “oh hasn’t he got lovely eyes”? Of course not. Shouldn’t it be obvious to everyone (these ambitious researchers included) that the human eye would spend more time looking at things that are generally covered up?
If for hundreds of years the human knee was the only thing regularly draped in cloth, would this study not have found that half the respondants’ eyes were darting furiously towards the middle leg?
In numerous pre-missionary non-anglo societies women did not cover their breasts. Do you believe for a moment that their men spent their days high-fiving one another in celebration of the constant supply of naked boob?
I reckon that men, when looking at the naked female form, look at breasts first because they are socially constructed (for whatever reasons) as sexualised objects. Sexualised objects that sell newspapers no less!
Ps. I did enjoy watching Paul Henry spluttering to himself this morning about how breasts represent bottoms and that we are after all just animals, and that animals find bottoms necessary to mate with, so breasts make us think about mating.