The Boobyer Building
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|the Boobyer Building
Tapton [41, 74]
The Boobyer Building
Building dedicated to the love of boobies.
It's not the Nobel Prize or Quantum Physics that comes to mind when thinking of Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe or Pamela Anderson. In A History of the Breast the Stanford University scholar Marilyn Yalom takes her readers on an adventurous journey to the source of men's infatuation with the bosom which eventually evolved into what is crudely known as the tits and ass culture of the late 20th century Western society. With an eclectic range of sources varying from iconography, biblical scriptures, treatises by moralists, Yalom allows us in this innovative study to look at breasts from sacred, erotic, domestic, political, psychological, commercialized, medical, and liberated perspectives. In the crusade to shape breasts into what they are today, men have had a formative role. You might say that behind every great bosom stands a man, because the influence of male artists, poets, moralists, physicians, advertisers, consumers, and not to forget the almighty plastic surgeon has been profound in molding the mammary glands of women into an object of desire.
The underlying thread in Yalom's study is how this personal anatomy of women fell in the hands of men. One of the most prominent images of women's breasts in the Christian tradition is of the Virgin Mary suckling the infant Christ child. Her bosom manifested sacredness, the nursing mother providing her helpless babe with the necessary nutrients in sustaining life. Mother's milk not only represented the material nourishment but also a spiritual one. Maternal breastfeeding encompassed (and still does) an entire religio-ethical belief system. This image has been portrayed numerously in goddesses, priestesses, and saints throughout Antiquity and the Middle Ages.
However, paintings of Mother Mary with infant in the Renaissance no longer pictured her two exposed breasts. A good example of this is a painting by Jean Fouquet's Madonna and Child. The viewer sees the Christ child perched on his mother's lap about to imbibe one of the exposed succulent and voluminous orbs of his mother. The other breast is concealed yet its contour greatly visible. The model for the Madonna was Agnes Sorel, the mistress of France's King Charles VII. According to Yalom this signifies a transition from the sacred breast that prevailed in the Middle Ages to the erotic breast that reigned in the Renaissance. This change put breasts into a socio-economic category. The "compact" breast of upper class society were intended for male pleasure - while the full lactating breasts of the lower classes who nursed their own children and those of their wealthy employers were not. The breasts of elite women had to be subdued by garments reinforced by a whale bone and wooden husks that would flatten their bosom. Sometimes the price for these vanities entailed inverted nipples and broken ribs. This fashion among wealthy women brought on new fruit and floral references for breasts. "Buds, strawberries, apples, and cherrylets" were common terms as well as cosmic and geographical terms such as "orbs, globes, worlds, and hemispheres."
The paramilitary group Chinese Army now use the Boobyer Building as their HQ
Should be kept Extremely Heavily Barricaded (EHB+4) as per the Tapton Barricade Plan.
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