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WHY do men have nipples

#1  Postby blindfaith » May 05, 2011 2:25 pm

i can understand that we have superfluous bits inside us that once had a useful purpose, i.e wisdom teeth for when we were herbivores.

but whats the dealio with nips? were we once hermaphrodites?
is it a male monkey only thing or are there other male animals/insects etc with superfluous ladybits?

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Re: WHY do men have nipples

#2  Postby XiledSpawn » May 05, 2011 2:26 pm

They are fun.

Edit: just realized this is not in social and fun, but in a serious thread for serious business.
I'm not sure why we have them. :think:
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#3  Postby trubble76 » May 05, 2011 2:27 pm

god put them there to fuck with creationists :lol:
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Re: WHY do men have nipples

#4  Postby XiledSpawn » May 05, 2011 2:32 pm

I've heard men can produce milk, through extensive nipple stimulation.
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Re: WHY do men have nipples

#5  Postby z8000783 » May 05, 2011 2:34 pm

I don't know if this is correct but it sounds plausible.

Mens nipples

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Re: WHY do men have nipples

#6  Postby blindfaith » May 05, 2011 2:35 pm

xiledspawn said
I've heard men can produce milk, through extensive nipple stimulation.


i can produce man milk through extensive penis stimulation only........
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Re: WHY do men have nipples

#7  Postby z8000783 » May 05, 2011 2:38 pm

.. and it's lactose free presumably.

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#8  Postby XiledSpawn » May 05, 2011 2:40 pm

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Re: WHY do men have nipples

#9  Postby blindfaith » May 05, 2011 2:43 pm

I don't know if this is correct but it sounds plausible.

Mens nipples

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that makes sense, thanks for that
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Re: WHY do men have nipples

#10  Postby DoctorE » May 05, 2011 2:47 pm

In the beginning Gawd only planned Adam.. he wanted too suck his nibbles... so.. ;)
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Re: WHY do men have nipples

#11  Postby HughMcB » May 05, 2011 3:31 pm

z8000783 wrote:I don't know if this is correct but it sounds plausible.

Mens nipples

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It was my understanding that this was the reason too John, except now I'm just waiting for someone to come along and laugh at how stupid I am for believing that. :shifty:
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#12  Postby Ironclad » May 05, 2011 3:41 pm

We have loads of nipples. Well I do, I have 5 down one side.


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#13  Postby Agrippina » May 05, 2011 6:12 pm

There's an old joke about them:

A man orders a Rolls Royce which has to be built exactly to fit his specs, including the driving seat so it's his car.
On taking delivery, he notices a hole in the front bumper leading to the engine, for a crank handle.
He says to the dealer "what's this for?"
The dealer replies, "just in case!"
"Just in case? What do you mean, just in case. I've waited 2 years for this car and paid a fortune for it, I don't want to have to crank it to start!"
The dealer looks at him, smiles and says, "sir, I understand that. You won't ever have to crank it but, just in case."
The new owner is really pissed about this, he's definitely not happy.
The dealer asks "sir, do you have nipples on your chest?"
"Of course I have nipples on my chest, I'm not a freak." he's really mad.
The dealer says "you won't ever use them sir, but they're there, just in case!"
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Re: WHY do men have nipples

#14  Postby PsYcHoTiC_MaDmAn » May 06, 2011 12:27 am

HughMcB wrote:
z8000783 wrote:I don't know if this is correct but it sounds plausible.

Mens nipples

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It was my understanding that this was the reason too John, except now I'm just waiting for someone to come along and laugh at how stupid I am for believing that. :shifty:


same here, theres nothing obvious showing up on snopes anyway.

these wikis seems to cover it
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_differentiation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nipples#On_male_mammals

so I'm not sure if its correct to state that men start off as women, rather that before 6-8 weeks neither male or female characteristics are expressed, and that because theres no selection against it theres no reason for nipples not to exist on males
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Re: WHY do men have nipples

#15  Postby james1v » May 06, 2011 12:31 am

The default position, for all mammals in the womb. :think:
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Re: WHY do men have nipples

#16  Postby Delvo » May 06, 2011 1:49 am

The thing about all mammals, or even all vertebrates, being female until the maleness kicks in, is false. But it's a common enough myth that falling for it isn't as silly as falling for some others is.

What we are until sexual development starts is neutral, neither male nor female. Any trait that starts forming in that time is thus not really a masculine or feminine, but a universal one, something we all have, like arms and kidneys and nostrils. That just happens to also include nipples and mammary glands. (Mammary glands are derived from sweat glands, which is something else we all have.) In other words, they just aren't really a female trait. They're just something that develops more in females than in males, as do subcutaneous fat and the pelvis, just like muscles and body hair develop more in males than in females.

About hermaphroditism, yes, there probably was a time when our evolutionary ancestors were hermaphrodites. But that long predates any distinctly mammalian development such as nipples, hair, sebaceous glands, or rods in our retinas; our last hermaphroditic ancestor was also the ancestor of all vertebrates, maybe even all chordates, so anything we inherited from them, the other vertebrates would have as well, and other vertebrates don't have nipples because our ancestors didn't get them until after separating from the non-mammalian vertebrates, which itself is long after leaving hermaphroditism behind.
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Re: WHY do men have nipples

#17  Postby blindfaith » May 06, 2011 10:53 am

very interesting, thank you delvo
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Re: WHY do men have nipples

#18  Postby mattthomas » May 06, 2011 10:54 am

Simple, skin develops before gender is expressed
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Re: WHY do men have nipples

#19  Postby zulumoose » May 06, 2011 11:39 am

Well I think the answer is obvious to any creationist. Without nipples, what would men use their toenails for?
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Re: WHY do men have nipples

#20  Postby Animavore » May 06, 2011 11:43 am

I thought they were for telling if you were cold or not.
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