Did you know some women have nipple-gasms and the Romans made makeshift bras? Here are 11 fun facts about breasts you probably had no idea about!
It doesn’t seem to matter which gender you are, when it comes down to it, we’re all obsessed with the same thing: boobies. Men stare at them because they’re fun to look at, and women stare at them to find the perfect pair she wish she had. No matter who you are or what medium you view them in: books, illustration, real life… People love breasts!
So you like looking, touching, and learning… but how much do you really know about breasts? We know, we know, as if you didn’t already have a million reasons to love boobs, but without further ado, here are 11 fascinating facts about what women have got under their shirts.
#1 Breasts are not symmetrical
One of the biggest misconceptions about boobs that both men and women get *thanks XXX movies and media* is that each pair is identical. In fact, one breast is usually larger than the other. Florence Williams’ book about breasts totes that one breast may be 1/5 of a cup size larger than its counterpart. Remember, they’re sisters – not twins! [Read: 25 common myths from porn that most people still believe]
#2 Breasts are not your friend if you exercise
Any runners can attest to this fact. Boobs are not good sports in the world of sports, which is why so many women work as hard as they can to flatten them with sports bras during the act! Also, breast discomfort and even pain during or post-exercise is totally normal. It sucks, but it’s normal.
#3 The majority of women are unhappy with their breasts
The International Journal of Sexual Health published a study about women and their breasts and found than 70% of the women surveyed wished they could change the way they looked. That’s not to say they’re unhappy specifically with their breast size, but nipple size, length, areola color and size, breast shape, and symmetry are all factors to consider.
So let’s take a minute to get tittie-real. The vast majority of women aren’t porn stars, nor do they have the money to get a breast augmentation done. Most breasts don’t look like they do in movies or adult films, so stop thinking that they should be. Natural breasts are awesome, and men love them. So why worry?
#4 Women buy the wrong bra size… on purpose!
Ever since the big reveal on Oprah that most women were wearing the wrong bra size, women everywhere have marveled at how they could have done so for so many years… yet they still do it! According to data, 85% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. What’s more, they buy the wrong size on purpose. Why risk misshaping your breasts, or having them burst out of the top of your bra for the ultimate discomfort?
The truth is, women lie about this for the same reason they lie about other dress sizes: they want to appear bigger, or smaller than they actually are. That’s right, many women are up-sizing bras to come off as having bigger breasts. Ladies, instead of denying your boobies the support they rightly deserve, try “chicken cutlet” inserts, or massive push-up bras! [Read: 9 easy ways to get your boobs noticed without looking trashy]
#5 The average breast size
By now, we should all be aware that there are no “average” breasts around, right? Size, shape, symmetry… nothing is perfect, and no breasts are identical. However, there is an average breast “size”! That’s right, the average Western breast size according to recent studies rolls in at a 36C!
#6 The average breast weight is…
This is a small but fabulous breast fact. The average weight of one breast is 1.1 lbs. Tiny, but powerful!
#7 Boobies are made of Milk… or something!
Have you ever noticed how your pregnant girlfriends are suddenly sporting massive boobies? No, it’s not plastic surgery for the pregnant. According to Discovery Health, the majority of the female breasts -pregnant or not- is made from milk and tissue! That’s right, the average female breast contains anywhere from 15-25 milk glands that interweave with milk ducts and connective tissue! So the next time your pregnant friend pops out a kid and turns her 32A’s into 34D’s… you know exactly what’s causing the ballooning situation!
#8 You can show off your nude breasts in public
…In some places! States such as Texas, New York, and Hawaii all allow women to walk around topless. Completely topless. *NOTE* while this is one small step for feminism, you definitely shouldn’t put this right into practice unless you’re looking to be sexually harassed. [Read: 18 physical aspects of a girl that are an immense turn on for guys]
#9 Guinness World Records biggest natural breasts
Okay, so we’ve talked about the *average* breast size, now let’s talk about the enormous ones! According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the biggest all-natural breasts on record belong to Annie Hawkins-Turner who is sporting a US size 52I! Guinness says that while 52I is the largest available size in America, Annie’s bra size would likely be more of a 48V if such a size would be manufactured. Wowza! [Read: How to tell if a girl’s boobs are fake]
#10 Smoking makes your breasts sag
If there weren’t already dozens of reasons to quit smoking… Not only does smoking cause cancer, increase your risk of heart attack, ruin your teeth, and reduce your lifespan, it is also proven to cause sagging in breasts! In fact, it has been said to be one of the most prominent causes for sagging breasts. British plastic surgeon Brian Rinker associates this bad habit with breaking down the elastin naturally found in breasts that helps keep them so perky. [Read: A guy’s view on why men love breasts so much!]
#11 The Roman’s had bras… sort of
Back in ancient Roman times, it was found that women would wrap the ancient equivalent of a bandeau around their breasts to keep them held in place during a workout.
One final note about a tittie surprise? Breasts are the slowest growing bodily organ. Proof pudding? I had 32A’s until I was in my mid-20s. Now I’ve jumped up 2 cup sizes, no pregnancy or boob-jobs involved. Explain that one, science! So, if your breasts haven’t filled out yet, there’s definitely still time.[Read: Nipple-gasms, more facts, and why YOUR boobs are perfectly normal!]
Breasts are fantastic, so stop giving them guff and get back to loving them! And if you have any fun and fascinating facts about breasts, be sure to leave it in the comments below!
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