In the Aztec language, the words for sun and eagle are the same – so are the words for moon and rabbit.
In 2011, ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) surgeons performed 316,848 breast-augmentation procedures.
If you drilled a tunnel straight through the Earth and jumped in, it would take you exactly 42 minutes and 12 seconds to get to the other side.
In Cambodia, male prostitutes outnumber female prostitutes by a ratio of three to one.
Iran is one of the few countries in the world where a couple can have a “temporary marriage” in order to facilitate sex within wedlock – essentially prostitution. These so-called marriages can be valid for as short as an hour.
Cleavage is not just the space between a woman’s breasts, it can mean a lot of things: in biology, it is the repeated division of a cell into daughter cells after mitosis; in chemistry, it is the splitting of a large molecule into smaller ones; and in politics, the division of voters into voting blocs.
English is unique in the way it uses the word ‘cleavage’ for all these different phenomena.
“Breasts are a scandal because they shatter the border between motherhood and sexuality.” – Iris Marion Young
Political systems are characterised by cleavages. These are the metaphorical lines which divide members of the community into different sides. Cleavage lines are mainly founded on values, ethnicity, language or socioeconomic status.
Specific issues, political parties and ideology on the other hand are not the bases for cleavage, but they may well be indicative of the fundamental value conflicts which do constitute the lines of cleavage in a particular system.
British zoologist and ethologist Desmond Morris theorizes that cleavage is a sexual signal that imitates the image of the cleft between the buttocks, which according to Morris is also unique to humans, other primates as a rule having much flatter buttocks.
An Obvious Display of a Woman’s Cleavage
Evolutionary psychologists theorize that humans’ permanently enlarged breasts, in contrast to other primates’ breasts, which only enlarge during ovulation, allowed females to “solicit male attention and investment even when they are not really fertile”, though Morris notes that in recent years there has been a trend toward reversing breast augmentations.
According to social historian David Kunzle, waist confinement and the décolletage are the primary sexualization devices of Western costume.
Art historian James Laver argued that the changing standards of revealing the cleavage is more prominent in the evening dress than the day dress of women in the Western world. As the evening is the prelude of the night – for humans the time in which most sexual activity takes place – the solicit behaviour towards men or other women through exposing cleavage could have a clear purpose.