The Perfect Boob Throughout History, From Big Ol' Things To Bee Stings

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From the way that large breasts are portrayed in the media — extolled in movies, worshiped on TV shows, put on display in lingerie ads, and generally fetishized as a crucial part of any "desirable" woman's body — you'd think that finding C-cups attractive was encoded into human DNA. But if you take a look at art history, you'll discover a very different story. The concept of the ideal boob — and all of its variables, from nipple size to breast curvature to depth of cleavage — has been all over the map throughout the ages, with trends favoring everything from miniature mammaries to gargantuan gazungas, and all sizes in between.

Every society throughout history has had its own unique interpretation of The Perfect Bosom, each of which reflected their individual concerns, values, obsessions, hang-ups, and ideas about the role of women in society. And contrary to what some folks would like you to believe, bigger hasn't always been considered better — throughout history, small breasts have more often been considered ideal than larger ones.

Want to learn more about the boob's journey through the ages? Read on, and discover the real, historic truth about our cultural obsession with the perfect pair.

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