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Breasts: the bigger, the better?

Do men really prefer big, perky breasts? Guys across the globe reveal what they’re into when it comes to breast size and shape.

Women’s breasts come in all sizes and shapes. They vary in terms of how big – or small – they are, their shape, from perky to sagging, and whether or not they’re symmetrical.

With our cousins, the apes and monkeys, the females’ breasts only enlarge during pregnancy and breast feeding. But women’s breasts are enlarged… well, permanently. Many a scientist out there has wondered why this might be. One possible explanation is that over time men came to prefer big, perky breasts because they were a sign that a woman was fertile.

Best-loved breast size

Though plenty of studies have looked at men’s preferences for breast size, there’s been no hard evidence that bigger is better. And when it comes to perkiness, there’s simply been no research done.

So a group of researchers from across the globe got together with the aim of finding some answers. First, they tracked down over 250 guys from Brazil, Cameroon, the Czech Republic, and Namibia. This was probably not that difficult to do: the guys’ task was to look at pictures of breasts and rate how attractive they were. The breasts in the pictures varied in terms of size (small, medium, and large) and firmness (high, moderate, rather low, and low).

So what were the best-loved breasts in the test? When it comes to breast size, bigger is not necessarily better, the results showed. Though most guys chose medium-sized breasts (with big busts ranking second), there was a lot of variation from one participant to the next. This was true in all four countries. With the exception of the Czech Republic, up to about one in five guys in each country preferred women with small breasts. Other research has backed up these results: around the world, studies have found that guys are attracted to all different sizes of breasts.

Firm and perky

That doesn’t seem to be the case when it comes to perkiness, however.

Across countries, the guys surveyed were into firm breasts – those say a 19-year-old or young woman might have.

As a woman ages, her breasts become less firm because the skin and connective tissue lose their elasticity and strength. So firm breasts could say to a guy (though of course he’s not aware of it) that a woman is still fertile and will probably be able to have kids in the future, say the researchers.

Even then, internet porn search data tells a wider story. Love Matters’ research in collaboration with Pornhub reveals that there’s a vast volume of searches for porn involving women who are well past the prime age for perkiness. So whichever way you look at it, there seem to be almost as many different breast preferences as there are breasts!

‘Men’s preferences for women’s breast size and shape in four cultures’, Jessie E. Hurst, Phillip S. Kavanagh, Evolution and Human Behavior, Vol. 38, Issue 1.

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Recent Comments (12)

    1. Thanks for the input Joanna.
      Thanks for the input Joanna.

  1. Hi,I’m 18 and I have worries…
    Hi,I’m 18 and I have worries that my breast are sagging. Though I don’t really know what sagging looks like but sometimes the nipples likes they are facing down but often time when I’m cold or aroused they become but firmer and very pecky.why does it do that?

    1. Hi Favour, the size and…

      Hi Favour, the size and shape of your breast is determined by you genes, which means it is something you inherit from your parents. Like you have rightly put, when aroused the nipples become harder and larger and the breast may even grow larger. Have a look at the following articles for additional information;-

  2. Hi, I’m 20 and my breast are…
    Hi, I’m 20 and my breast are becoming larger and sagging which I don’t like don’t know if there is any tablet I can used to reduce it.

  3. Big but not sagging breasts…
    Big but not sagging breasts are my favorite

    1. Thank you for sharing Walter.

      Thank you for sharing Walter.

  4. Hi am 23,and my breast looks…
    Hi am 23,and my breast looks saggy due to some weight loss problem
    Is there any particular diet I can stick to,to get back my formal breast size or a much bigger size..?

    1. Hey Sarbie, first breast…

      Hey Sarbie, first breast size is determined by ones genes. Also, when one looses weight, it may affect their breast size. Unfortunately, getting back your breast may include gaining the weight you lost or having surgery done. Have a look at the following article;-

    2. There is diets to make is…
      There is diets to make is bal back sarbie

  5. Hello Peter, thank you so…

    Hello Peter, thank you so much for reaching out and asking, could you please explain clearly what you mean so we are in a better position to answer? Keep safe and best regards!

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