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So, what did our male ancestors look for in a woman?
A mate needs to be of help and not a hindrance. Mobility was important on the savannah so a well put together, long pair of legs, able to walk mile after mile would be high on the list. An overweight mate would be a burden in that society but a reserve supply of fat wouldn't be. A number of primitive societies value a bit of padding on the bum as a food reserve. So, we have longish muscular legs and a well rounded posterior. Next.
Fitness and body shape. Check out the documentaries on our ancestors. The ancestral hunter gatherer female shape is similar to present day hunter gatherers in similar environments. Not too big (requires too much food for maintenance), not too thin (lacks stamina and strength), not too small (except for pygmies) and not overweight (can't keep up).
Breasts. There is some discussion as to whether breasts were initially on the sexual menu. It is thought that man evolved face to face sex later rather than earlier in our evolution (has to do with long term bonding). If a woman had huge breasts, they would get in the way during daily life while food gathering but too small and the offspring may not get enough to eat. You get the idea, average sized. Once breasts crept onto the sexual menu, the game changed and clothing would eventually need to change too.
Sex. For early man, the vagina was probably the Holy Grail and leaving aside the politics of availability, the most common early clothes on women were probably some form of loincloth or kirtle to hide said area.
So, what do we have?
A well put together woman with long muscular legs and a well padded backside, small to medium sized breasts and an ability to gather food.
How does all this relate to now and lingerie you might ask?
Easy, if you are male, you still carry the selection criteria for the above attributes. They are built in to all of us. Of course the society you are in modifies them to some degree but these are the basics which all heterosexual men respond to and the next posting will be about how lingerie makes it all work so much better!
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