Let’s talk about bosoms today! Don’t worry… I’ll try to keep it safe, light, fun, and—to the best of my abilities—elegant.
In sexual attraction, breasts hold particular significance. Yet, only a few years ago (as well as today still), haute fashion actively shunned full breasts, and instead preferred less-endowed, androgynous looks, especially when it comes to chests. Those gorgeous designer clothes are apparently for women who want to look as if they have breasts, not for women who have them. And, a 32C is “not Armani.”
A Freudian might suggest that full breasts, as representations of motherly femininity, play into the inner Oedipus complex of a man’s desire for his nourishing, well-endowed (metaphorically, and perhaps also literally) mother. Yes, her bosom would make you dream. But unfortunately, it would be not especially interesting—and probably even distasteful—to the editorials appealing to a different demographic. As well, Carl Jung might explain haute fashion’s aversion to breasts as an Electra-complex-induced response by an industry targeted at young women, who harbor unconscious competitive ill-will and jealousy toward the mother figure for the affection of the father.
Luckily, all these psychosexual talks do not dictate our tastes totally.
True, there is still a lingering sense that flat chests are chic and classy, and bosoms de trop are often unfairly judged as déclassé. In fact, there is a history of such preferences—even back in the twenties, flatness was the ideal. Yet, if we rewind the clock just a bit, following the oppressive Elizabethan’s distaste for immodest flesh, Edwardian times actually enjoyed full, plump bosoms. The low mono-bosoms that are complemented by the S-curve were high fashion. Today, there is also a noticeable change toward size again… if ever so slightly and slowly.
Indeed, aesthetics and fashion are cyclic. Thus, as much as psychosexual motivations or biological instincts may influence tastes, attitudes of the times also play a role.
Anime may just be the same. Take for example, Ikahara’s Revolutionary Girl Utena and Mawaru Penguidrum. Separated by over a decade, the two anime are beautifully fashionable and highly feminine in styles. Yet, the bosoms in Utena are almost all less-endowed or less emphasized than those in its spiritual successor, Penguindrum. This is likely a function of both genre and trends in tastes.
In fact, if we look across the board, we may be able to find a fascinating cyclic shift in sizes, or at least something ever-changing: flat, average, full, quite large, or even loli. Cute, are they not?
- In a previous post also on fashion and anime, there is a very nice video of the super gorgeous Karlie Kloss, whose form exemplifies this. Go check the post out!
- This post is written in response to the fun whimsy of 2DT:
Good morning, writers. It's time to play! (300-500 words based on this phrase, post somewhere we can see by day's end) http://t.co/0w0f5aLh—
2DT (@2DTeleidoscope) March 11, 2012