In European pre-historic societies, sculptures of female figures with pronounced or highly exaggerated breasts were common. Among the Dayak , only big breasted women or married women with sagging breasts covered their breasts because their breasts interfered with their work. Generally the showing of both breasts pointed more toward a lack of moral, but as many of these mistresses also often were picked from the nobility, they are very often portrayed with just one breast showing.
During the middle of the first millennium BC, Greek culture experienced a gradual change in the perception of female breasts. In many Western cultures today, images of topless women are regularly featured in magazines, calendars, and other print media, often covering their breasts in a " handbra ", that is, the use of the woman's hands or arms to cover their breasts, especially the nipples and areolae. However, take a peek through Greuze production and the mass of very young women that show their breasts starts to feel quite sleazy.
Such venues can range from downmarket strip clubs and topless bars to upmarket cabarets , such as the Moulin Rouge. During a short period in , "topless" dress designs appeared at fashion shows, but those who wore the dresses in public found themselves arrested on indecency charges. I have to wonder if it once was more honest.
To maintain youthful-looking bosoms women could employ wet nurses to breastfeed their children. The favoured shape and size may vary, but the interest remains and so it has always been popular to depict bare-breasted females in art. In much of contemporary Western society , it is not culturally acceptable for women to expose their nipples and areola in public.
Mandate 10 issued on 8 September instructed Thai people to not appear in public places "without being appropriately dressed". The Right to Bare It All".