From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Breast fetishism is a pronounced fetishistic sexual interest in female breasts, their shape and most often their size. Quite common in American and Japanese culture, this fixation has lead to cultural acceptance of and a predilection for female breast implants. Many adult film and pornography stars have capitalized on this cultural phenomenon by having their breasts enlarged to implausible sizes.
Although it is a cultural phenomenon in the adult film world, that can be seen as a reflection and exaggeration of the real world. Large breasts are seen as symbols of sexuality and attractive to men in large portions of the Western world. Sociologists and others have often tried to explain this in terms of natural selection and biology but conflicts exist over what is the true reason for men's attraction to large breasts. This can be seen in the rise in common women getting large breast implants.
Not all breast fetishism concerns size. Some individuals have a fetishistic preference for breasts with large, dark, or puffy areolae (commonly, though incorrectly, referred to as "puffy nipples"), or to unusually long or thick nipples. These variations are all sufficiently common, for example, to rate individual binaries groups on Usenet.
More recent breast fetishism can be in part linked with the American actress and glamour model, Pamela Anderson. She helped to amplify and normalize the trend, and her enhancement seemed to increase her stardom, and on some level render breast implants more permissible for females.
In comics, animation, and video games, where gravity is not a limiting factor, large-breasted female characters are fairly common; this is particularly true in American comic books, and Japanese anime and manga.
- The Big Book of Breasts
- Mammary intercourse
- Sexual fetishism
- Venus of Willendorf
- Study of a Seated Nude Woman Wearing Mask (c. 1865-66) by Thomas Eakins