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Encyclopedia > Breast fetishism

Breast fetishism (also known as: mastofact, or breast partialism[1]) is a type of sexual preference. The term is used to describe the reliance on breasts as a stimulus for sexual arousal.[2][3]


The phrase breast fetishism is also used within ethnographic and feminist contexts to describe a society which displays an irrational devotion to breasts[4][5]. Breast fetishism in this sense is a predominant feature of sexuality in the USA[6][7][8], the critic Molly Haskell goes as far as to say that “The mammary fixation is the most infantile and the most American, of the sex fetishes”[9]. However, the American author Elizabeth Gould Davis in The First Sex attempts to reveal this fetish through a history dating back to the neolithic era and the goddess shrines of Catal Huyuk (in modern Turkey). Archaeological excavations of the town c.1960 revealed that the walls of the shrine(s) were adorned with disembodied pairs of "mam-maries" that appeared to have "an existence of their own". The breasts (along with phalluses) were revered by the women of Catal Huyuk as instruments of motherhood, but it was after the patriarchal revolution -when men had appropriated both phallus worship and "the breast fetish" for themselves- that these organs "acquired the erotic significance with which they are now endowed". The reverence and theorising shown to breasts also appears in the science of modern society, as claimed in an ill-conceived proposal that "breast fetishism" is an example of a contagious thought (or meme) spreading throughout society[10], or perhaps more reasonably but none more patriarchal than the British zoologist and ethologist Desmond Morris, who in the 1960s proposed in The Naked Ape that the evolution and design of breasts is primarily for influencing human sexuality through signalling (see Biosemiotics), rather than serving an exclusive maternal function. Ethnography (from the Greek ethnos = nation and graphe = writing) refers to the qualitative description of human social phenomena, based on months or years of fieldwork. ... Feminists redirects here. ... okay that is all ... Molly Haskell (born September 29, 1939 in Charlotte, North Carolina) is a feminist film critic. ... Elizabeth Gould Davis (1910 - 1974) was an American librarian who wrote a contentious book called The First Sex. ... The First Sex was a 1971 book by a then-61-year-old librarian, Elizabeth Gould Davis. ... Look up fetish in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... An array of Neolithic artifacts, including bracelets, axe heads, chisels, and polishing tools. ... Excavations at the South Area of atal H k atalh k (also atal H k and atal H k, or any of the three without accent marks -- atal is Turkish for fork and H k is Turkish for mound) was a very large Neolithic and Chalcolithic settlement in southern Anatolia... This article is about the symbol of the erect penis. ... Excavations at the South Area of atal H k atalh k (also atal H k and atal H k, or any of the three without accent marks -- atal is Turkish for fork and H k is Turkish for mound) was a very large Neolithic and Chalcolithic settlement in southern Anatolia... For other uses, see Meme (disambiguation). ... Zoology (from Greek: ζῴον, zoion, animal; and λόγος, logos, knowledge) is the biological discipline which involves the study of animals. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Dr Desmond Morris (born 24 January 1928 in the village of Purton, UK) is most famous for his work as a zoologist and ethologist. ... Desmond Morris (born January 24th, 1928) is most famous for his work as a zoologist and ethologist. ... Biosemiotics (bios=life & semion=sign) is a growing field that studies the production, action and interpretation of signs in the physical and biologic realms in an attempt to integrate the findings of scientific biology and semiotics to form a new view of life and meaning as immanent features of the...


Notes and references

  • Elizabeth Gould Davis. 1971. The First Sex. Penguin Books. p.105 "The Breast Fetish".
  • Desmond Morris. 1967. The Naked Ape. Jonathan Cape.
  1. ^ Hickey, Eric W. 2003. Encyclopaedia of Murder and Violent Crime. Sage Publications Inc. ISBN 076192437X.
  2. ^ Bass, Alan. 2000. Difference and Disavowal: The Trauma of Eros, (The Part Object, p.163). Stanford University Press. ISBN 0804738289.
  3. ^ McConaghy, Nathaniel. 1993. Sexual Behavior: Problems and Management. Springer (Publisher). ISBN 0306441772. p.319.
  4. ^ Evans, Phil. 1989. Motivation and Emotion. Routledge. ISBN 0415014751. p.34
  5. ^ Stephen D. Glazier, Charles A. Flowerday. 2003. Selected Readings in the Anthropology of Religion: Theoretical and Methodological Essays. Praeger/Greenwood (Pub.) ISBN 0313300909. p.58
  6. ^ Miller, Laura. 2006. Beauty Up: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics. University of California Press. ISBN 0520245091. p.74
  7. ^ Latteier, Carolyn. 1998. Breasts: A Woman's Perspective on an American Obsession. Haworth Press. ISBN 0789004224.
  8. ^ Morrison, D. E., and C. P. Holden. 1971. The Burning bra: The American breast fetish and women's liberation. In Deviance and change, ed. P.K. Manning. Englewood Cliffs, N. J.: Prentice Hall.
  9. ^ “The mammary fixation is the most infantile and the most American, of the sex fetishes”. Author and critic Molly Haskell.
  10. ^ Paul Marsden. 1999. Review of "Thought Contagion: How Belief Spreads through Society.". Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. Retrieved 2007-10-05.

Molly Haskell (born September 29, 1939 in Charlotte, North Carolina) is a feminist film critic. ...

Further Reading

  • Serpents in the Garden: Liaisons with Culture and Sex. 2004. (ed. Alexander Cockburn, Jeffrey St. Clair). Dr. Susan Block "Covering Justice: Ashcroft's Breast Fetish".
  • Yalom, Marilyn. 1997. A History of the Breast. pub. Knopf. ISBN 0679434593.
  • Tovar, Virgie. 2007. Destination DD: Adventures of a Breast Fetishist with 40DDs. Sexy Advisors Press. ISBN 0978869946.

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