The evolution of the butt [video]

buttIt’s amazing to see how the ideal of what the butt and a woman’s shape “should” be, has evolved over time. How did we arrive at this current state of butt-obsession! Of course it’s a double standard and an objectification of women. But it’s also a pattern that has been around for years. So how did we get to this current shape of affairs?! This review, including the video below, provides some insight into the evolution of the butt in society.


The evolution of the butt

This isn’t the first time we’ve put a fuller figure on a pedestal. Peter Paul Rubens, (28 June 1577 – 30 May 1640), a Flemish painter, is well known for his voluptuous women. An overweight, full-bodied woman was all the rage in early modern history. And that’s the way it has been for centuries. “But” things change.

It was until the 90’s, the 1990’s that the idea of a petite, thin supermodel was considered “hot.” So fairly recently. And just as fast as that trend came, it went!


Whether it was the influence of hip hop and Latina culture on American pop culture, or the simple fact that it was easier to be curvy than super thin, voluptuous was back. This was specifically clear in regards to the butt. The arrival of J Lo on the scene in the early 2000’s brought fuller buttocks back into vogue. butt


The big butt really caught on with the Kardashians in the 2010’s. However, it wasn’t just a big butt. Interested women now wanted a narrow waist and full hips. Specifically, elimination of the hip dips (the natural sunken area between the pelvic bone above and the hip bone below) was the next step in this journey.


Now we’re seeing big round butts with round hips. Sound familiar? These trends, like so many, have come full circle. While it doesn’t include the obesity of the Rubenesque paintings in the 1500 and 1600’s, the ideal aesthetic women are requesting from their plastic surgeon is a return to this more voluptuous silhouette!



The evolution of the butt video


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2 thoughts on “The evolution of the butt [video]

  1. Amazing, Somehow you completely managed to avoid the racial aspect of this trend for mostly Caucasian women to mimic the musculature and fat distribution of people from hotter climates who store their fat around their pelvis and thighs in oppose to where Europeans and Asians from colder regions store theirs. Around their vital organs.
    I can’t believe that anyone calling themselves a doctor would suggest that the average sized European women in the painting at the top had buttocks anything like the shape or size that has been popularised by Kim Khardashian.
    In the painting the women’s buttocks are sagging and flat. Even the hip dips and cellulite are still visible. These are just normal sized women and most naked paintings from the time showed women of similar proportions because that is what the European body looks like.
    Actually Europeans began hankering after big arses when the caught a glimpse of Sarah Baartman aka The Hottentot Venus in the late 1700s. After displaying this African women’s spectacular buttocks European fashions which mimicked their shape quickly followed.
    The very slender and flat chested woman came into fashion in the 1960s with the civil rights movement and increasing acceptance and prevalence of homosexuality. The very slender, flat buttocked, flat chested, model is supposed to be androgynous and youthful. It’s all about paedophilia since most adult women over a certain age do not have bodies which look like ironing boards.
    Even into the 1990s have a small, flat butt was considered desirable and black women had to put up with racist taunts because of how they naturally store fat or how their muscles have developed over centuries of being selectively bred for power.
    When Jennifer Lopez was being celebrated for her supposedly big arse, no person of colour could understand why. Years of racial discrimination because of being naturally curvaceous suddenly started being overturned by a woman with nothing much to speak of. Then Kim Khardassian took it to the next level and installed something people could see, this however was only after she had made a name for herself with the release of a sex tape in which she was entertaining a black man (a race of men who are often incorrectly linked to liking obese women) but who probably just like the large buttocks of the females of their race and the supposedly splendid genitalia as per Sarah Baartman, that comes along with them.
    So yes, the trend has come full circle. First Europeans used to mimic black women’s bodies with cloth and now they’re mimicking with silicone (or whatever it is you install when you “lift”)

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