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Curves, particularly breasts: I don’t understand why so many guys, including me, like them so much.

The attraction to curves perplexes me because it’s involuntary — I didn’t choose it, and I couldn’t turn it off if I wanted to — yet it can’t be strictly biological, like breathing or bleeding, because it varies from place to place and era to era. American men often want a woman with a concave waist, but guys in some other places seem to go for a fleshier form. The 1950s celebrated big breasts (Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Playboy magazine); but the 1920s’ ideal of desire was slimmer and flatter (Clara Bow, Greta Garbo, Louise Brooks).

So why does curve attraction exist and have such power?

I’ve heard a lot of explanations.

<> Curves indicate that a woman can bear and nourish babies, so when we think about the act that often results in making babies, we think about curves.

<> Breasts in particular remind a man of being a baby at his mother’s bosom, when he felt safe, loved and satisfied.

<> Under circumstances such as sexual stimulation and breast-feeding, breasts release oxytocin, sometimes called the love hormone, which reduces stress and may have something to do with pair bonding.

<> Curves are just plain beautiful.

Does anyone have other explanations?

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