How Men and Women Feel About Having Their Nipples Stimulated

How Men and Women Feel About Having Their Nipples Stimulated

Although the breasts and nipples have long been considered to be among the human body's biggest erogenous zones, surprisingly little research attention has been given to the role that these body parts play in sexual arousal. For instance, are men and women similar or different when it comes to enjoyment of and desire for breast and nipple stimulation? Also, is this activity something that people tend to feel comfortable requesting during sex? Check out the infographic below for a look at what we know about attitudes toward breast and nipple action in the the bedroom. 

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Video: The Science of Boobs

Video: The Science of Boobs

Breasts are an important part of human anatomy for multiple reasons. Beyond helping to sustain life, they also play a role in sexual arousal for women and men alike. In addition, human breasts are quite distinct in nature compared to those of other species, making breasts a defining aspect of human beings. To learn more, check out the video below entitled (appropriately enough) The Science of Boobs, brought to us by our friends over at ASAP Science.

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Sex Question Friday: Why Are Straight Guys So Interested In Breasts?

Sex Question Friday: Why Are Straight Guys So Interested In Breasts?

Every Friday on the blog, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and relationships. This week’s question comes from a reader who wanted to know:

“Why are straight guys into breasts? Does it stem from them having been breastfed as children?”

Great question! I’ve heard this Freudian sort of explanation before (i.e., men’s fondness for breasts stems from having been nourished by their mothers’ breasts as infants); however, I don’t really buy it, nor do most of the other psychologists I know. I mean, if it were true, wouldn’t we expect that women and gay men would be just as sexually interested in breasts? 

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Nipple Stimulation And Sexual Arousal In College Men And Women

Nipple Stimulation And Sexual Arousal In College Men And Women

Despite the fact that sexual scientists have long considered the breasts and nipples to be among the human body's biggest erogenous zones, there has been surprisingly little research on the role that one's chest actually plays in sexual arousal. For example, are there differences in the degree to which men and women enjoy and desire breast and nipple stimulation, and do people feel comfortable requesting this activity? Check out the infographic below for a revealing look at how young men and women feel about breast and nipple action in the the bedroom.  

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Men's Sexual Attraction Changes With The Seasons

Men's Sexual Attraction Changes With The Seasons

Our mood states and behaviors naturally vary over the course of the year. For example, some people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of depression that usually kicks in during the winter. Extreme psychological changes like this are relatively rare; however, smaller seasonal fluctuations are actually quite common, even among healthy people [1], and these changes can have noticeable implications for our sexual and romantic lives. Indeed, a recent study revealed that, at least among heterosexual men, their patterns of sexual attraction change with the seasons, and not in the way that you might expect [2].

 

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How Women Feel About Their Own Breasts (Infographic)

How Women Feel About Their Own Breasts (Infographic)

We live in a world in which women are constantly reminded that their breasts are inadequate. From grossly proportioned Barbie dolls that bear little resemblance to the average woman's figure to female celebrities who have had their breasts surgically enhanced time and again, it is easy to see how a woman might get the impression that her natural breasts don't cut it. Just how many women are concerned about the size and shape of their breasts? Check out the infographic below for data on how women really feel about their own chests.

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Why Do Straight Men Like Breasts So Much?

As you may have noticed, heterosexual men seem to have a certain fascination with women’s breasts. Society feeds into this by putting the female chest on display everywhere from Hooters restaurants to nudie magazines to beer advertisements. But how do we explain men’s obsession with these two mounds of fatty tissue? If you ask guys why they like breasts so much, you probably won’t get too much insight other than “I don’t know—I just do.” So what do scientists have to say? Most theories, including a brand new one from the book The Chemistry Between Us, suggest that there is an evolutionary basis for it.
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