So my morning ritual consists of: waking up, going to the restroom, praying. roaming the Zillow app for houses I can’t afford and then checking my social media pages. The last thing in the world I want to see at 7:24am is Kim Kardashian’s naked bottom on my screen. Paper Magazine looked like they just put Margarine in the microwave and greased her entire body like it was a Pyrex about to go into the oven. I can’t deal. It looks like they have her standing on an auction block, whist smiling and I am perplexed.
Anyways, I have been wanting to write this blog entry for a while and I feel like before I lose any steam let’s talk about it today: Why is Modern Culture Obsessed With the Derriere?
People have been talking about bottoms in a way that our nation has never seen before. I am not really understanding the obsession, because a few years back these curves were not a THING.
Women of color have either been celebrated or dismissed for their curves for centuries. I mean there are so many songs of the past that have been written in dedication to this body part.
- “The Thong Song” – Sisqo
- “Bonita Applebum” – A Tribe Called Quest
- “Bootylicious” – Destiny’s Child
- “Ms. Fat Booty”- Mos Def
- “Baby Got Back” – Sir Mix A Lot
Why is everyone just attending the party now!? I am confused.
It’s like butts are the new Gold Rush. Everyone has to have a fancy derriere. When I tell you I can’t even go to the gym and try to use any machines that have to do with legs or gluteus anything, because they are HOGGED by the Whole Foods Moms. I wanted to talk to y’all about this because I literally don’t GET IT. People are so crazed over getting big curves that they will even INJECT themselves with elixir to get the curvaceous figure they have always dreamed of. WHY???? I mean I guess i understand why, because it is the same as wanting breast implants. I just don’t understand why Butts are a THING. The money you spend on butt injections can put a child through college.
But as Dr. Marci Bowers says in BODY/COURAGE the play: beauty is peace of mind, of knowing that you are at peace with yourself.
I just watched this documentary called “Bottoms Up” about the new obsession modern day culture has with the gluteus maximus. One of the topics it addressed was that women of color were once made fun of by their big lips and big derriere’s. It made me think back to an interview I had with my best friend for Body/Courage a couple of years ago. She told me when she was in high school she would never wear jeans, because she never wanted anyone to comment on her curves.
In my humble opinion, I believe in my heart of hearts when Caucasian women got hip to the trend- that’s when we saw a Butt Boom in our culture. Let’s do a little history lesson, if you do not agree with me.
You cannot talk about the exploitation of curves until you address history. I was introduced to Sara Baartman in 2011 when I read the play Venus by Suzan Lori-Parks. Baartman was considered a “freak show” attraction and was called The Hottentot Venus.
Venus turned around on the stage, Londoners marveled over her ample bottom and wondered about the size of other parts hidden from view. For a little extra, you could poke her with your fingers or a stick. She didn’t tell her life story, as did some other “freaks” of her day. Instead, her silent displays — complete with animal skins, face paint, and a tight body stocking — fueled European myths about people from Africa: They were primitive. Close to nature. Exotic. Hypersexual. For the five and a half years Baartman lived in Europe, from 1810 to 1815, aristocrats ogled her, cartoonists lampooned her, a famous scientist studied and, when she died, dissected her. – US SLAVE: SARA BAARTMAN
- Does having curves truly make you beautiful?
- When do you think the “Big Booty” craze started?
- Are you happy with your curves?