History of the Breast

History of the Breast
Marilyn Yalom

Editorial Reviews

What's in a breast? That depends on who's asking, says Marilyn Yalom, author of this scholarly, illustrated treatise on the breast in Western society. Babies see food. Men see sex. Doctors see disease. Business people see dollar signs. Breasts have been denounced as wanton, or idealized as givers of power or life in images of Egyptian goddess Isis nursing pharaohs; sturdy, maternal Mother Russia; or the more eroticized, bare-breasted symbol of republican ideals in France. Psychologists, religious leaders, advertisers, and pornographers have rhapsodized over, vilified, and used breasts to sell everything from war to Cadillacs. And, finally, women have seen in them pleasure, power, sustenance, fear, or failure to measure up. Amazon.com

I own this book but have not read it cover to cover. It's a problem I have with anything that uses the word History in the title. I'm catapulted back to Miss Stone's Grade 11 history class. Shudder and horror. Nonetheless, good reference book. TBS


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