Mother’s Day has nothing to do with us. It is all about Mother and child and the tie that binds them. In practically all corners of the world and in every language the one word that can be heard everywhere and is usually the first word you hear from a baby is Mama. In paintings it is a source of imagery and has now been a concern for medical challenges.
According to Beth Rosenberg who teaches Art history at the New York School of visual Arts, we see breasts through Art history because they are about life. They are uniquely designed to feed human babies. Human infants are a lot different from other mammals in that humans do not have a protuberant snout. A science journalist Florence Williams has a book out called Breasts a natural and unnatural history. She says that researchers are still analyzing them. I love to analyze them too for different reasons.
Breasts are very unique in the animal kingdom in that other primates only have breasts while they are breastfeeding. Human breasts are there long before they are needed for nursing. Thankfully, nursing just makes them bigger. In her book she states that there are disagreements whether they evolved for sex or just a source for food. Are they sexual signals? Well, if they are it is obvious that the sex will lead to motherhood in any case.
Those bigger than life images in movies and renaissance paintings leave women feeling that they have to have more and thus feel inadequate. Most women really do not like their breasts. Few people understand it more than a lingerie saleswoman who always deal with women that want the opposite of what they have, too big or too small breasts. The Houston, Texas doctor even developed the first breast silicone implant in 1962. We all know the adverse health problems they have caused women. So just celebrate mothers today and all they have offered to the world. Their breasts. Sigh.