Heck, we may not even notice them. Displaying cleavage is considered permissible in many settings, and is even a sign of elegance and sophistication on many formal social occasions, but it may be prohibited by dress codes in settings such as workplaces and schools, where sexualized displays of the female breast may be considered inappropriate. Although some social attitudes to increased body exposure began to soften during the late s, contemporary Western societies still generally view toplessness unfavorably.
Video Hall of Fame. In many parts of northern India before the Muslim conquest of India , upper-class women in Maharashtra and the Ganges basin were fully clothed, while lower-class women were topless. Among Himba of northern Namibia left and Hamar right of southern Ethiopia , it is a social norm for women to be bare-breasted.