The Evolution of Sideboob
Noisy USC students celebrating something. Who knows what? The twenty-something blond with the broad back flashes serious sideboob. That in itself is not worthy of celebration. It is a side dish. We are in a Tapas bar.
Sideboob is a twenty-first century invention. Thousands of generations of women all over the world have launched endless assaults with cleavage, but sideboob is only just emerging.
“Don’t be so obvious!” My dining companion’s head pivots 180 degrees like Jerry Manhoney’s and when it comes back around his mouth is hanging open. “Pretend like you’re looking at the wine list.” The wine list is chalked up on the board behind the revelers. They have Verdugo and Andalusio, and Toro and Spaino and loads of other vintages all from the sun soaked plains of that land overseas that just missed inventing tortillas. It could have become a great civilization but for that.
He gives it another go. The Catalonia Picado is a very spicy vintage, no doubt, and man holy shit, you can almost see nipple. Blond locks flowing, hiding the knot at the neck of the flimsy black halter dress with a back so low it’s possible there’s no dress at all.
Something happens. The students roar. Their conversation is mostly roars. “The scallops are really good,” hollers my companion. I cup both ears like a radio dish trying to receive faint signals from outer space. Roar, roar and more roar. The scallops, grilled in a number of things I’ve never heard of before, include carrot goo. I order them.
Sideboob cuddles her boyfriend, flesh barely teasing his upper arm. She whoops about something and I don’t blame her. Young, well-fed and cared for as if raised on a farm for beautiful girls, she should be whooping about everything. The world that unfolds for her is not the same one the rest of us muck around in. It welcomes and embraces her gently and lovingly. Everybody in it is “nice.” It puts its coat over puddles in the road lest she dirty her Italian slave sandals.
Historically, women have been looking for ways to both show and not show their breasts for millennia. The dilemma first presented itself back in caveman times when someone with big, well-formed breasts got the best guy in the place. He really liked those breasts but he liked them so much he didn’t want any of the other guys to get a look at them, even though most of them already had. The “best” guy in the place wasn’t necessarily the smartest. He was just the best at hunting, running, all that.
“Now that you’re going to live in my cave,” said the Best Caveman, “you’ve gotta cover those things up.”
The Best Caveman’s woman was not thrilled by this pronouncement. She had a baby who ate ten times a day and putting a yak pelt on and off all day long seemed like a big pain to her. Those suckers are heavy.
People say a lot of bad things about cavemen, that they’re domineering, short-tempered, inclined to club women in the head and drag them around by the hair, which is mostly true, but this one was pretty reasonable.
“What if,” said the Cavewoman thinking on her feet, “I cut a ‘V’ in the top of the yak pelt. That way when the baby needs to eat, I can just reach down and whip out a breast and when I’m finished, put it back.”
This idea caused the Best Caveman some consternation. It made sense, but there was still so much wrong with it. A full time crew-neck yak shirt was a heavy burden to bear, which wasn’t really fair to the Cavewoman, the ‘V’ would allow for easy access, but damn! It would still allow all the other cavemen to see the creamy smoothness of the tops of her breasts. But wait, were those parts even a big deal? When both he and the baby were having at those magical orbs, they went straight for the nipples. It occurred to the Best Caveman that maybe, just maybe, those were the only parts that really mattered.
“Okay, fair enough,” said the Best Caveman. “But if you whip those things out when the second best caveman is around I’ll club you insensible.
“Fair enough,” said the Best Caveman’s woman.
Over the centuries, women have found hundreds, perhaps thousands of ways to exploit this initial, and for reasons unknown, definitive masculine decree. The Roman’s, generally ignorant of Stone age humanity and anybody’ else’s but their own, allowed massive cleavage on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, none on Tuesday and Thursday, and on the weekends changed the rules without telling anybody. This occurred only after the invention of the Julian calendar. During the dark ages most people were starving and women actually had concave breasts, so nobody cared. But by the time the European Renaissance rolled around there was bustiered, corseted, wired, strapped, and default cleavage on display and in abundance.
The Victorians got goosey about breasts, but that high-necked, bowed and lacey nonsense made everybody miserable and by the time the 20th century rolled around women were beginning to rediscover the fact that cleavage was an enormously powerful tool in making men act the way you wanted them to. Cleavage displayed correctly could poleaxe most anything with 1 “X” chromosome, makes them buy you drinks and eventually say “yes,” when you wanted new furniture for the living room.
But then something happened that no one had anticipated. Breast implants. Breast implants made cleavage so common it got boring. Tits and fannies began to look alike. Everybody had massive cleavage: children, fat boys, young girls, old girls. There were fifty and sixty year old women walking around with the tits of 25 year olds. Rich people got their dogs breast implants. Someone simply had to come up with a better idea. That’s when the the genius of this latest generation comes in.
While breast implants look great from the top, all round and symmetrical, from the side those suckers look lousy! From the side they look like, well, blobs of manufactured plastic. Fact is, you can’t fake awesome side boob.
The table of USC students roars again. Roar roar roar roar. Someone’s ordered a round of drinks, something extremely nasty and pink colored. It’s either watered down Nyquil or something Spanish nobody’s ever heard of. My dinner arrives. The scallops are decoratively arranged on a bed of carrot goo and grilled to perfection.
They are delicious.