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“Push up your chest!”

Summer is arriving, and already your breasts are attracting attention, whether you reveal them discreetly or openly. Emblems of femininity, breasts are simultaneously, objects of desire, stallions of youth, feeding organs, a question of politics… “No other body part has been fetishized as much as women’s breasts; they are seen as the most immediate object of desire in contemporary America. Omnipresent, they live in our imagination as the most powerful and totemic symbol of femininity” writes the journalist Alex Kuczynski, author of ‘Beauty Junkies’ (2006) (1). But how does the history breasts teach us about the evolution of women’s lives?