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The Little Book of Big Breasts

April 9, 2013
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Front cover photo: Kelly Madison by Ed Fox, TASCHEN

Judging this book by its cover, you may be tempted to dismiss it as something a little trashy. And flicking through from the back, past some pretty pornographic pictures, would only confirm this judgment.  Needless to say, I did both of these things. But read it as we apparently should always do (from the beginning, and without judging it by its cover) and there is actually some pretty interesting stuff in here.

The Little Book of Big Breasts confidently negotiates the balance between high and low-brow.  It takes us through a genuinely fascinating cultural history of big boobs before, well, showing us lots of them. All real, mind. Written by ex-porn mag editor Dian Hanson, it is a funny and interesting account of how we (actually the US, but I think it’s safe to extrapolate) became a culture obsessed with big boobs.

Did you know, for example, that there is a theory that “the voluptuous pin-up queens [of WWII] were selected as fertility symbols, to inspire soldiers to survive and propagate.” No? Neither did I. And so it goes on, through the big breasted ladies’ conquering of Hollywood, and later the rise of the “busty mag”.

Ok, the writing itself only covers a few pages (with translations in German and French), but once you’ve read it the pictures make slightly more comfortable viewing. It eases you in a little bit – makes you feel like this is a “cultural” read. Sort of.

Aside from the fact that I wouldn’t necessarily read it on the train, and probably won’t be venturing back to the later end of the book any time soon, this is a funny little gem that should well appeal to anyone interested in (real) big breasts.

In the words of the writer herself, “this book is for all who have looked upon a spectacular rack and wondered, “Are they, or aren’t they?” Here you can cast doubt aside and cuddle up to some of the most celebrated natural breasts ever molded by Mother Nature.”

The Little Book of Big Breasts was published by TASCHEN in 2012 

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