Bidding Farewell to Angelina Jolie’s Beautiful Breasts

In today’s New York Times, Angelina Jolie shares the story of her decision to have a double mastectomy after her BRCA1 and BRCA2 tests came back with bad news:

My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman.

As a red-blooded American boy back in 1998, I remember when Angelina Jolie set the world afire in her debut as Gia, the star-crossed SuperModel.  The hallmark of Angelina’s performance was the baring of her beautiful and natural breasts that became their own phenomenal meme in the lives of all young men long before there was an active internet.  The Google now preserves that original beautiful and naturalistic naked memory — and here’s the start of the stunner that became the star:

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From Ocher to Oil to Pixel: The Female Breast in Antiquity

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:

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