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What’s with the Big Booty Obsession?

It all started in 1992, when Sir Mix A Lot announced that he liked big butts, and about that, he couldn’t lie. Since then, we have been consumed by the big booty hysteria.

The big butt pandemic appears to have taken this country and its inhabitants by storm.  Perhaps never before has a single body part been so overly glorified. The butt has become a pop culture obsession that is taking over our air waves, TV screens, minds and bodies.  No longer is the big butt a largely unrecognized feature attributed solely to the African-American woman. Sometime after the era of skinny-obsession in the early 90s, it became cool to have a larger derriere. Somewhere between that point and now, it became necessary to have a big butt. There is scarcely a rap song out there that is free of lyrics proclaiming blatant adoration of, not just the butt, but the huge “bootylicious,” “badonka-donk,” “fatty.” There is scarcely a red carpet lacking beautiful women turning away from the cameras in order to enable the perfect booty photo op.  There is scarcely a time when a well endowed woman walks down the street without droves of men breaking their necks to check out her back. What’s with the big booty obsession? When did it become cool to have a “fat” a*s? And why?

Its a beautiful thing to see a woman with a nice shape, but to demand an outrageous hip-to-waist ratio from every woman seems unfair. There is now so much pressure to have a “donk” that women are seeking surgical procedures to enhance their natural assets. The ‘booty obsession’ is becoming a ‘booty complex’ that might have a negative effect on some women and their body image perceptions. While the ‘donk’ movement has embraced a slew of women (namely ethnic women) who were once excluded from mainstream concepts of beauty (which equated beauty with slimness), it has excluded those fondly referred to as the “little booty cuties.” While the big booty obsession seems like a passing trend, its current reign over black womens’ self image is quite powerful, and even more alarming.

What are your thoughts? What’s with the booty obsession?

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  1. November 10, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    I think it’s just a sexy part of the body. As you mentioned, in the past this wasn’t considered sexy and left a lot of minority women out of what was considered beautiful. I don’t think it’s a passing trend though; as a wider array of women are considered “beautiful”, so will their features. It’s here to stay, and I’m likin’ that.

  2. July 9, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    The Big Booty obsession is here to stay, at first it was just in the African American community. Now its all over the world. Its all about having the biggest booty possible. And a donk with dimples is the best! Thats why the sexiest women live in Nigeria.

  3. September 30, 2010 at 4:08 AM

    First our thick lips were ugly to majority America. Then Angelina Jolie and no-longer-“It” girl Julia Roberts came out with their thick and (in Julia’s case) wide lips and … voila! Now my thick-azz lips get compliments from brothers Black and White alike (and all the colors, ethnicities in between).

    Regarding the booty, I remember when it was embarrassing to have a big one. If you were slender and had a high booty — and you were a girl/teen/woman — you were the butt of jokes, even if you lived in a predominantly Black neighborhood as I did. Now, OMG, Madison Avenue has plastered ads all over TV (and not just late-night TV) to promote rear-padded panties so that women who are less-endowed “back there” can have ‘donks.

    I guess I don’t have to wait until I take that trip to Brazil to let my cheeks bounce. That’s cool; I’ll save a lot of cash. I’m a broke-azz right now, but when I’m rolling in it again, I’ll travel somewhere else. I mention Brazil in the comments section to the above blog post because the beaches of Brazil are the great equalizer … of big booties.

    Dig it: On the beaches of Brazil, it’s so beautiful that butts, hips and breasts of all sizes — and, while we’re at, hair of all textures — are accepted AND appreciated for their beauty. Sure, Brazil still has that class system going on, and they need to work on that. As an outsider who’s Black, I still am impressed that there are more Black people in Brazil (whether those Black people consider themselves “Black” or not) than in the U.S.A. Reason for my parenthetical statement: In Brazil, in other countries in South America (heck yeah, there are Blacks in Argentina and friggin’ Uruguay), and in many countries of the Caribbean, the word “Black” is not as common in usage as here in the U.S.A. I don’t have a problem with that; those who are Africa-descended (no matter how much of other “races” are in us) know it, and it’s their business if they don’t “look” it (whatever that means) to let other people know.

    But back to the booty issue in Brazil … If it weren’t for Africans — particularly the Angolans and Congo people — who were kidnapped and otherwise traded up during slavery, there would BE no beautiful big butt to shake to the samba. Holla!!!

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  18. molly
    November 17, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    I hate it. I have never worried about my ass before, until I dated an array of crazed men… Im 20, ive got a nice fir butt never had complaints or worries. Then I found my bfs porn-all big butts. I get it didnt bother me, I asked him how he felt about mine “could be bigger”, he fucking said that! Ive been insainly obsessed with how little it is since. Why is he with me then?! Im a 36 DD!!!! If yoy like ass so much whyre you with a tit girl? So i dump that asshole, my next 2 bf all butt obsessed. One even had a dream about grabbing my sisters ass (which is fucking huge!), amd the fucking prick told me about it! I squat, i dance… i just am a top heavy girl and i hate it. It makes me cry when i see twerking videos. Specifically when my douche bag bf watches them… so yeah im fucking over it..

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