How does the Australian society view female breasts?






These children will naturally learn the purpose of breasts as being feeding the baby.
Photo courtesy of
Beauty of Breastfeeding Calendar

Breast taboo

In Australia and in many other westernized countries exposing woman's breasts in public is considered shameful and inappropriate, even on beaches.  Exposing breasts - even while breastfeeding - is seen as "indecent exposure".  Breasts are to be hidden; they are forbidden, a taboo.  They are considered a sexual organ in the same sense as genitals are. Parents teach their children the same way, and many times children don't see a single naturally nude breast (apart from their own) while growing up.  It is totally possible that a child grows up in Australia and never sees a baby breastfeeding!

However, while exposing breasts in public is a 'no-no', children often see breasts (although never the nipples) displayed in a sexually provocative fashion on television, in print media and at magazines.  Breasts are emphasized big time in the media and advertisements, who signal to our young people that breasts are a sexual organ, and only beautiful when big and protruding.  But we know big breasts is a fallacy since women in ads and movies use push-up bras and breast enlargement to artificially 'enhance' the way their breasts look like.

Just think: if young girls continually see this 'propaganda' without a balancing view of natural naked breasts, it is no wonder they also start seriously worrying about the size and shape of their breasts even to the point of suicide!  And women do greatly worry about their breast size as proven by the huge amount of augmentation surgeries: according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2002 nearly 240,000 women had a breast augmentation.  The same year, cosmetic surgeries were up 147% from the year 1997, according to a survey done by American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.








Breast Implant Risks
Silicone Holocaust
explain the dangers of breast augmentation surgeries along with some very illustrative pictures. Recommended especially for teenagers!



"Even at the age of 27, I have probably seen only 10 or 15 pairs of real breasts.  Most of my knowledge about breasts comes from movies and magazines.  But actresses use body doubles to give the illusion of a more "perfect" body, and photographs of models have been airbrushed to remove any "unsightly" bumps or discoloration. ...
When girls as young as 12 talk about getting breast implants based on this standard, I say we have a serious problem.  Three 14-year-old girls have told me separately that they need breast enlargement surgery, with nothing to base their body hatred on but a stolen copy of Playboy.  ...
How can we say that to view a woman's breasts will damage children, when it is so clear what not seeing them is doing?"
Allison Roberts at TERA articles page

"I would say most women are not happy [with their breasts]. I took a bunch of slides of women's breasts, as part of a slide show I put together, and every single woman who took off her shirt for me, had something to say, "Like, my breasts used to be great, but now they're saggy." Or, "I bet I've got the smallest breasts you've ever seen." So, unfortunately, many of them are not happy. ...




breastfeeding doll
Breastfeeding Doll

so that children can understand the natural way of nurturing babies.


But you know, of the women I interviewed, the ones that were happiest with their breasts were the women while they were breastfeeding. They weren't thinking about, "Is it too small? Is it too big?" It's just doing something wonderful."
Carolyn Latteier, the author of Breasts, The Women's Perspective on an American Obsession, in a TV program "All about breasts". (see transcript)

If women are obsessed about their breast size and shape to the extent of surgery, men aren't doing any better.  For many men, female breasts are a source of sexual fantasy and obsession.  For these men, it is not just a general appreciation of the female figure or the various body parts of a woman, but a fetish, a fixation or obsession. They get inspired from looking at pictures where they see some cleavage, where breasts are enticingly almost visible, yet hidden.  The pornographic industry gets much good about the taboo-ism of female breasts by showing men some bare breasts for good money.





well, artificial.

Fashion industry designs clothes that draw attention to breasts while still hiding them, women feel unhappy about their 'boob size' while shopping for bras - the breast taboo makes the whole country OBSESSED by breasts!

It is not so in Europe or in many other parts of the world.  European women commonly go topless on beaches, and many European countries also have nudist beaches where people sunbath naked, yet the atmosphere is decent and non-sexual and people are at ease.  The sauna culture in some European countries makes people used to seeing nude bodies, and they don't view breasts as any special thing or taboo.  Primitive tribes in hot climates wear very little clothing and it's no big deal to them.

Clellan Ford and Frank Beach's Patterns of Sexual Behavior came to the conclusion that the most universally admired feminine trait is plumpness -- not perfect breasts.  It seems that North American culture (and those influenced by it) are unique in erotizicing the breasts to such an extreme. The cultural belief is that breasts are similar to genitals in being sexual organs. Of course they are a female body part, and there's nothing wrong in considering them beautiful as part of a woman's body. But are breasts really something anatomically designed as a special sexual body part?

"Well, we do have a peculiar obsession with breasts in this culture. A lot of people think it's just the human nature to be fascinated with breasts but in many cultures, breasts aren't sexual at all. I interviewed a young anthropologist working with women in Mali, in a country in Africa where women go around with bare breasts. They're always feeding their babies. And when she told them that in our culture men are fascinated with breasts there was an instant of shock. The women burst out laughing. They laughed so hard, they fell on the floor. They said, "You mean, men act like babies?

Carolyn Latteier, the author of Breasts, The Women's Perspective on an American Obsession, in a TV program "All about breasts". (see transcript

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Breasts in our Culture by Cathy Laws

All about breasts - transcript of TV program

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