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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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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