We are a current culture obsessed by, infected with, and clamoring for — the female breast. Have we always been breast-centric beings? Or is the modern breast in situ only our latest distraction from the real perils of the earthly world?
Let’s turn to art to help inform the context that creates our culture. Early ocher cave paintings and even hieroglyphs made clothing — more than the bare breast — the most distinctive identifier of the human form: