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Why Are Guys So Obsessed with Boobs?

Ever try to have a serious convo with a male coworker, friend, or possible partner, but can't catch their eye because they are straight-up staring at your boobs? Solid eye contact, wrong pair. Really, though—why can't dudes keep their eyes inside their head and stop being total horn-dogs for, like, one second?

Well, for one, it's like setting a bowl of candy two feet away from a second grader and tell him not to touch it. As humans, we always want what we can't have, says Shape sexpert Dr. Logan Levkoff. For guys, breasts are exciting and different and so much sexier than their pecs. (Although we think these hot-guy pecs are pretty damn sexy.)

But if you're not buying into that, Dr. Levkoff shares an evolutionary theory with a little more science behind it: When breasts are stimulated, the feel-good hormone oxytocin is released into the bloodstream which bonds a woman to her baby or, in this case, her partner. Some scientists think that this bonding hormone might lead lead you to think that a guy who gives your girls a lot of attention is more attractive. Hence, reinforcing the breast-obsessed behavior. (You can even have an O with breast stimulation alone. Crazy, right?)

And then there's the cultural take on it: We live in a society where breasts are highly sexualized, fetishized, and even treated negatively in certain situations. There's a reason the internet buzzes like crazy about near-naked selfies, Miley's pasties, and any major nip slip; keep something under wraps, and it becomes fascinating. But it's important to ditch the taboo nature of boobs; teen girls are even starting to drop out of sports because they're self-concious about their new breasts. (That's just one reason women are trying to de-mystify them with the NSFW #FreeTheNipple movement.)

So you might not be able to stop the staring, but if we stop treating boobs as a top-secret thing, we might just be able to get them to look into our eyes instead.

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