Women have long complained that their faces are often the last thing men look at – and now a scientific study has proved them right.
Researchers found that virtually half – 47 per cent – of men first glance at a woman’s chest. A third of the so-called ‘first fixations’ are on the waist and hips, while fewer than
20 per cent look at the face.
Not only are breasts often the first thing men look at, they also glance at them for longer than any other body part, the experts discovered.
I think we're into pope being catholic territory, here?
It’s thought that the reason might be evolutionary, as women with larger chests and slim waists – such as opera singer Katherine Jenkins – have higher levels of the female hormone oestrogen, indicating greater fertility.
I suppose that's possible...
But the researchers conceded that there could be a more prosaic explanation. ‘Men may be looking more often at the breasts because they are simply aesthetically pleasing, regardless of the size,’ they said.
Or maybe it's that subconsciously we seek out larger breasts and finding them then meets this subconscious need. Could it simply be that we seek out larger breasts to ensure that our offspring will get the food that they need?
And if women are so offended, why do so many wonderbras get sold? Why are there so many breast implants? The fact is that women almost subconsciously know that they have to get them out there, too.