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The Science Behind Why Men Love Breasts

So here’s the thing, heterosexual men really like love are obsessed with female breasts.

Ladies, since the moment we started stuffing our bras in junior high we’ve known this, but what we didn’t really know was why. They’re boobs, mounds of fleshy flesh that require monthly self-checking, and proper support. What’s the big deal?

Two scholarly gentlemen, Larry Young, Ph.D. and Brian Alexander set out to solve the mystery of men and mammaries in their new book, The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction. Check out what they discovered – after the jump!

In their article for The Huffington Post, Young and Alexander said, “Biologically speaking, this human male breast obsession is pretty weird. Men are the only male mammals fascinated by breasts in a sexual context. Women are the only female mammals whose breasts become enlarged at puberty, independent of pregnancy. We are also the only species in which males caress, massage and even orally stimulate the female breasts during foreplay and sex.”

So what’s the deal, human men? Have society at large and the almighty media engrained boob appreciation into the impressionable minds of prepubescent boys? Well yes they have, but that’s not the reason for the fascination. According to Young and Alexander, “It’s biological and deeply engrained in our brain. In fact, research indicates that when we’re confronted with breasts, or even breast-related stimuli, like bras, we’ll start making bad decisions.”

Boobies = bad decisions. Mmmkay…but still, why?

Well, in a rather Freudian turn of neurological events, Young and Alexander’s research suggests boob love originates from brain triggers that promote and wallow in the sacred mother-infant connection. Not to get all Bio 101 on you or anything but when a woman nurses, her brain releases oxytocin that does all sorts of magical things to the body, including forming this crazy awesome bond with her baby. OK scientists, we get that. What else ya got?

Well, humans are the only species that have sex face-to-face (that is when they have sex face-to-face) where breasts are in plain view. According to Young and Alexander, “We believe this quirk of human sexuality has evolved to exploit the ancient mother-infant bonding brain circuitry as a way to help form bonds between lovers.”

That’s not to say women hate all the boob attention. Apparently when a woman’s breasts are sexually stimulated, that same surge of nursing oxytocin goes all crazy releasing a flurry of happy brain chemicals. Combine all that neurological activity with face-to-face sex, and a woman begins to associate lovey dovey feelings of pleasure and bonding with her sexual partner.

So there you have it, science confirms boobs are magical.

What are your thoughts on the root of boob infatuation?

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