Serendip is an independent site partnering with faculty at multiple colleges and universities around the world. Happy exploring! After her death at age 26, her genitalia and buttocks were removed and placed in a French museum until Needless to say, the story stuck with me, yet it was not only because it represented one of the most extreme cases of European racism towards those of African descent. When I stumbled upon the story of Sarah Baartman, I wondered if her body was an early example of this supposed black phenotype. Although Baartman was paraded around Europe as a freak show, South Africans lauded her steatopygia as a sign of beauty and femininity.
Big buttocks: Where does our obsession come from?
Steatopygia - Wikipedia
Despite probable good intentions, the article jarred, mainly because Vogue lauding big bums is quite like Peta People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals penning a love song to the fur gilet. So the attributes that black women have so long been shamed for have finally been given the Anna Wintour seal of approval due to a new Aryan aesthetic? It is almost too much to bear. The New York Times then jumped on board the bum bandwagon with a feature on Jen Selter, a white Instagram star credited for pioneering what black women have always had. It was an in-joke; funny, because in a world where white is right, that was most definitely the wrong answer. Yet now, brands puff behind us as they desperately try to catch up, tippex in hand, ready to white up things that have always existed among the minorities they have continually chosen to ignore.
Steatopygia is the state of having substantial levels of tissue on the buttocks and thighs. This build is not confined to the gluteal regions, but extends to the outside and front of the thighs , and tapers to the knee producing a curvaceous figure. Steatopygia, a genetic characteristic leading to increased accumulation of adipose tissue in the buttock region, is found in women of Sub-Saharan African origin, most notably but not solely among the Khoisan of Southern Africa and Pygmies of Central Africa. It has also been observed among the Andamanese people , such as the Onge tribe, in the Andaman Islands. This genetic characteristic is prevalent among women but also occurs to a lesser degree in men.
I have to give her kudos for going through with that one. How did she look out mowing the lawn. My fiance and I were playing Truth or Dare.