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At the age of ten life seems simple, it's all about running jumping and climbing trees. By eighteen you have discovered the opposite sex, alcohol and nightclubs. By twenty five you are your own person, confident and full of life. Suddenly you hit thirty. You find yourself questioning your choices from the years that have past, feeling slightly left on the shelf, wondering where your life is heading, juggling family and friends and faced with ever aging parents. You are not alone, welcome to 30 years and countinga sideways look at life in your thirties.

My face is up here: Why men love breasts

I am a bloke which means that sooner or later this blog was always going to get around to talking about breasts. When it comes to the whole are you a breasts, legs or bum guy I am firmly in the breasts camp.

Lets be honest breasts are fantastic things. However before you shoot me down as some sort of pervert take a moment to read a bit further. For anyone looking for some sort of gallery full of pictures of exposed breasts then you are in the wrong place. The web is already full of that sort of thing and I'm not about to add to it.

Instead I am going to try and answer that age old question, why are men fascinated by breasts?

Good old Wikipedia (can you imagine a time when we use to look things up in books?)  says that:

"The breast is the upper ventral region of an animal’s torso, particularly that of mammals, including human beings. The breasts of a female primate’s body contain the mammary glands, which secrete milk used to feed infants. Both men and women develop breasts from the same embryological tissues. However, at puberty, female sex hormones, mainly estrogen, promote breast development which does not occur in men. As a result, women's' breasts become far more prominent than those of men."

Pretty much most of the a woman's breasts are made up of adipose tissues which is more commonly known as fat. This then seems to create some what of an oxymoron. Take a kilogram of fat and put it on into a woman's stomach and guys will run a mile, take that same fat and move it up a few inches into her breasts and we drool. Go figure.

There have been a number of studies conducting to which areas of a woman's body men look at first. It comes as no surprise that breasts top the list. Research conducted at the Victoria University of Wellington showed that breasts are often the first thing men look at, and for a longer time than other body parts. The writers of the study had initially speculated that the reason for this is due to endocrinology with larger breasts indicating higher levels of estrogen and a sign of greater fertility, but the researchers said that "Men may be looking more often at the breasts because they are simply aesthetically pleasing, regardless of the size". In other words we stare at them because they are great to look at. I would agree with this breasts do tick all the boxes when it comes to the senses. They are soft, curvy and tend to jig about when women move. Yet other features such as a woman's eyes can be just as beautiful but we not fascinated by them in the same way as we are breasts.

This is particularly true here in the UK were we love a great pair of breasts. Maybe it because on average women in UK have the biggest breasts in the world (36D) according to the latest research. Breasts are everywhere in the UK. We have pretty relaxed pornography laws which means that you can buy a pornographic magazine in just about any newsagents. It is not just in porn though, here you can buy men's magazines such as FHM, Zoo and Nuts which are filled with pictures of naked women just about everywhere including supermarkets. Our national newspapers have a daily feature called "Page 3" which basically shows a different picture of a topless women everyday. This has been the norm since 1970 (40 years ago). In fact it is perfectly legal for a woman to walk down the road topless if she wishes (it is only an offence if someone says they are offended) although this is usually confined to the beach were topless sunbathing is common.

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There has to be of course a better answer than they just look good though and the scientist in me naturally turns to evolution for an answer. An interesting theory put forward by zoologist Desmond Morris suggests that as primates humans mated on all fours in the "doggy position" and the female buttocks were the most highly sexualised area of the body. As primates evolved to walk upright it became more common for sex to take place in the missionary position and as such women need to attract men to the front of their bodies rather than the rear as before. They therefore developed over exaggerated breasts to mimic the shape of the buttocks in order to draw male attention away from their bums. A solid theory and one which also explains why men find women's bums so attractive too.

Not only could there be a very good evolutionary reason why men stare at breasts but also a study has suggested that ten minutes of staring at breasts at day can prolong a man's life by 5 years. According to German research published in New England Journal of Medicine, men staring at women's breasts in fact prolong their lives. "Just 10 minutes of looking at the charms of a well-endowed females is equivalent to a 30-minute aerobics work-out" said author Dr. Karen Weatherby, a gerontologist. The team led by Weatherby was made up of researchers at three hospitals in Frankfurt, Germany, and found this results after monitoring for 5 years the health of 200 male subjects, half of whom were asked to look at busty females daily, while the other half had to abstain from doing so. For five years, the breasts oglers presented a lower blood pressure, slower resting pulse rates and decreased risk of coronary artery disease. So they look great, we are biologically designed to be attracted to them and starring at breasts prolongs our lives. Is that enough reasons why we do it?

Although women often use the phrase "hello my face is up here!" in my experience most you know the power that your breasts have over us and have at one point or another used them to your advantage. Come on ladies be honest who hasn't bent over the bar in a low cut top on a Friday night in order to get served quicker? Yes we do stare but you know we stare and that is why you have all the power and women will probably come to rule the world. We might have big missiles, tanks, bombs and troops but stick a pair of great breasts in our face and we loose all sense of what we were doing.

So come on, how do you feel about men looking at your breasts and have you ever used them to your advantage? I've told you the blokes side of thing now how about we get yours ladies.

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