Cultural Encyclopedia of the Breast by Merril D. Smith

By Merril D. Smith

Boobs. knockers. Hooters. titties. Jugs. Breasts. We have fun them; we revile them. They nourish us; they kill us. And despite what we name them, breasts have interested us given that prehistoric instances. This A-to-Z encyclopedia explores the historic significance and cultural value of the breast over the years and round the world.

A workforce of foreign students from a variety of disciplines offers key insights and knowledge concerning the breast in artwork, background, model, social routine, drugs, sexuality, and extra. Entries speak about depictions of breasts on old collectible figurines, in Renaissance work, and in present-day ads. They learn how model has emphasised or de-emphasized the breast at a variety of instances. They take on scientific issues—such as breast augmentation and breast cancer—and controversies over breastfeeding. The breast as sexual item or even a website of smuggling also are lined. As a complete, the Cultural Encyclopedia of the Breast takes an enticing and obtainable examine this impressive physique half.

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This preference for smaller breasts is revealed in the terms used by Renaissance poets to describe their ideal woman. Renaissance poets in England used a variety of fruit terms The aristocratic woman of François Clouet’s La Dame au Bath (Lady in Her Bath) is an idealized woman different from the full-busted women of later centuries. Her bare breasts are like those of an adolescent, although she has given birth. To keep her breasts firm, she employs a nurse to breastfeed her baby. The nurse’s lower status is indicated by the large breast that is thrust out of her gown for the child to suck upon.

In Revelation, seven angels wear golden sashes around their breasts, or chests. “Breast” sometimes refers to the mammary glands of animals. Throughout the Bible, the jackal is used as a literary device to symbolize the cruelty of desolation and abandonment. In Lamentations, jackals nurse cubs at their breasts—and are deemed less cruel than Israelite women who have stopped feeding their infants because of famine (Lam 4:3). In other examples, a woman’s mammary gland is being referred to. In Job, oppressors take the fatherless child away from its mother’s life-giving breast, thus killing the child (Job 24:9).

Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women’s Health. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. ■ T O S I N F. , Sep 08, 2014, Cultural Encyclopedia of the Breast Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, ISBN: 9780759123328 B A A R T M A N , S A A R TJ E ( C . 1 7 7 0 s – 1 8 1 5 ) Saartje Baartman, or Sara Baartman, also referred to as the “Hottentot Venus,” was born to a family of Khoikhoi pastoralists in the mid-1770s. At the time of her birth, the Dutch had already become colonial rulers of the Cape Coast in South Africa.

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