Our expert says:
When they reprint an article I wrote a while back, it sometimes takes me by surprise ! Thanks for the mammry, indeed. Yes, breasts. Or as Dudley Moore used to call them, when trying to be polite, "busty substances".
There are indeed cultural factors at work, and culture changes over time. Even within traditional white Western European culture, large breasts were not always considered desirable, and clothing might wrap breasts tightly to reduce their prominence. And I think in recent years Western tastes has swung more back towards favouring smaller breasts, and there are many actresses and models with really small breasts who even wear low-cut and similar clothes that greatly emphasize what they don't have, so it must be a relatively recent cultural trend. Maybe it represents, in the financial austerity, a form of Down-sizing ?
And then there is always the strictly personal preferences, which don't always fit the cultural norms.
Feet, too, wander in and out of general popular fashion. Some like them large, and the ancient Chinese engaged in horribly cruel foot-binding to force women's feet into deformed tiny shapes. Tastes vary, but some, like the foot-binding, are always unacceptable and deplorable, as they involve harming others.
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