[FoRK] The American Waist - the butt aesthetic
Victor B. Stan
victor_b_stan at yahoo.ca
Sat Nov 13 18:55:48 PST 2004
Personally I see myself as a but person... Hmm... poll time?
- Victor B. Stan
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Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2004 9:07 PM
Subject: Re: [FoRK] The American Waist - the butt aesthetic
Adam L Beberg wrote:
> You're lazy, fat, and have less willpower then a horny male rabbit,
> congratulations, you're American. Now it's now obesity is not only the
> Big-Bottomed Mannequins Boost Profile in New York
I'm not so sure that it's a commentary on obesity. It's rather that the
aesthetic of the butt has completed its ascendancy. It's also an "urban",
african-american/hottentite triumph over the more waspy and breast-obsessed
focus of the culture (read Russ Meyer, Robert Crumb etc).
Key cultural moments in this historical battle:
E.U. singing Da Butt for Spike Lee's School Daze soundtrack 1988 ("Doin da
sexy, sexy, sexy/ ain't nuthin wrong/ if you wanna do da butt all night
Wreckx-N-Effect with Rump Shaker 1992
Sir Mix-a-Lot - Baby Got Back (Mack Daddy, 1992)
I'd also throw in Florida's 2 Live Crew and the influence entire dancehall
Now for the conspiracy minded, it just so happens that Jennifer Lopez and,
lesser extent, Angelina Jolie and Kylie Minogue are simply the Elvis-like
appropriation of an item that ratifies a trend for the more mainstream
Anwyay nothing new here from my own african perspective.
back to lurk mode...
Koranteng's Toli: the blog edition
Martin Amis - We have to face it: English football is just no good
The days when an England player's first touch could often be mistaken for an
attempted clearance or a wild shot on goal - those days are over. The
not in individual skill, it is in collective skill; it is in the apparently
cultural indifference to possession.
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