Thursday, March 26, 2009

Nipples Galore

I have gotten a bit of "fan mail" concerning my recent post about Farrah Fawcett. Oh, the post was on self image, and there was a picture of Farrah. Most just saw her nipple.

Growing up, I think that was the first nipple I ever saw – Farrah's nipple. I wonder if having a famous nipple is a bit of a hindrance in Farrah's life. It is one thing to feel the gaze of a man on your chest area and think he is staring, but quite another for a whole nation to stare at the nipple for years, the posters fading but the nipple still standing erect as everything around changes. I typed nipple into Google, limiting it to images. I half-expected to see Farrah's poster, but instead got an image of Rihanna.

The second nipple I noticed actually was brought to my attention by a nosey neighbor's mother. She was talking to someone one the phone about the picture in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and I overheard the horrors. Naturally I had to see for myself.

Anyway, I thought it was a cover of SI (it wasn't), and I finally found the model and picture. Cheryl Tiegs made appearances in SI's swimsuit issue 15 times, including appearances on the covers in 1975 and 1983. I did not know it at the time, but this was the rest of the story concerning the picture: "But it was her appearance in 1978’s edition that garnered her the most attention. During the shoot, she retired for a quick dip in the ocean and emerged to a flurry of flashing cameras. She obliged the photographers for nearly an hour, only to find out later as she examined their prints that her white fishnet bikini was completely, wonderfully translucent." (Ask Men Magazine)

I remember that when I was growing up, half of the reason for a bra was to hide any nipple erection. I am not trying to be funny or sexy, just matter-of-fact. Because a strong breeze can occasionally cause a nipple erection – even being embarrassed can do it. Even clothing rubbing just so can cause a nipple erection. It does not have to be sexual (though most guys read it that way).

Guy 1: "Oh, Suzy likes me. Did you see her twin peaks when she was watching me in the weight room.

Guy 2: "All right. It was pretty cold in the gym, but I can tell she was really into you. She was giving Debbie all kinds of attention, just so she could peek at your pecs."

What is interesting to me is that I see a lot of these old television programs and many of the actresses were not wearing bras, and their nipples were clearly visible. I did not notice it at the time – staring at boobs was a bit more of a guy's thing, I suppose.

And yeah, the title is a tip to the James Bond character. Not that I have seen the movie.


Sass said...

The first time I remember nipples being brought to my attention was in the movie Kramer vs. Kramer.

And I can tell you, that's not a sentence I ever thought I'd write.

Sheen V said...

Yep, I do remember that one!!

Under the Influence said...

Not too long ago, at the mall, I noticed a MANNQUIN with nipples. I had to do a double take.

Leesa said...

Sass: I never saw Kramer vs. Kramer. Did Dustin Hoffman flash a nipple?

Sheen: But I don't.

Under: A mannequin? Was it a man or a woman mannequin?

Ian Lidster said...

Nipples -- just a fine topic and one very dear to my heart, Leesa. And I confess I had never seen Cheryl Tiegs nipples before. Charming.

Actually, in reference to nipple erections, the other kind of erection doesn't always come about just due to sexual excitement, but also due to clothing rubbing and, of course, sleeping.

Xmichra said...

mannequin's almost always have nipples. what is messed up is the child mannequin's do too. (working in retail and seeing the catalogues on mannequin and bust forms I have seen plenty, not just the ones the gap sport).

I remember the first nipple exposure was from a drawing my mom did. She used o use charcoal and draw heavy metel looking things for people. One she did was a cyborg type chic with one breast covered by a plate of metal and the other exposed. I remember asking about it too... but that's about it. lol...

Advizor said...

Good post, it brings up all sorts of memories....

First pictures of Nipples? - Classical art coffee table books, especially, "The Turkish Bath"

First Playboy Nipples - Found under the bridge about a mile from home.

First in-person nipples - Donna's friend who went down the water slide and lost her bikini top. I yanked to that image for 2 years.

First one kissed? - Connie's - freshman year @ college. I thought I was in heaven.

My older brother and I had a subscription to SI for years and years so Cheryl Tiegs was a favorite too.

Leesa said...

Ian: I guess I had a misconception about the other kind of erection as well. Funny.

Xmichra: I would think they wouldn't have nipples. That way you can place on a shirt and everything looks smooth and all.

Advizor: Thanks for the memories.

Anonymous said...

"staring at boobs was a bit more of a guy's thing, I suppose."

Yes, I suppose you're right Leesa, and even though we should, sometimes we have no control over whose boobs. When I married my second wife, I moved in with her and her teenage daughter. What I didn't realize is that I was moving into the Republic of Nipplevania, which, for the most part, was a Bra-Free Zone. Puberty was VERY kind to "Katie", and "nipple erections" were a daily occurence in Nipplevania. I did my best to be an appropriate father figure and not Leer or Stare, but I can't say that I never noticed. She made it very hard for me (Pun Intended). Her mother didn't help very much, such as the time not long after I moved in when she point blank asked me, "Have you noticed how big Katies Boobs are getting?" How does a guy answer such a question? Either with an obvious lie, or an inappropriate truth. Either of which makes him sound like a pervert.

Leesa said...

Annon: you sort of sound like a pervert. The Republic of Nipplevania reference was sort of cute, though. But I guess most guys would have impure thoughts - just as long as you did not say or do anything, I guess that keeps you out of the pervert class.

Anonymous said...

Jennifer Aniston in Friends ALWAYS had hard nipples or no bra or something. My wife won't wear lacy bras because of that.

Advizor said...

That's right Knot!!

Jennifer (bless her heart) always, always seemed to be "perky" on that show. Even my wife wife started mentioning it. In almost every show there would be at least one scene were her nipples were on proud display.

Maybe that's why it's doing so well in reruns still.

Anonymous said...

Your timing about nipples and Farrah was impeccable.