This glorious articles about ASSES GUISE. And how they're BACK!
I just..I...ok, deep breath.
First off, as most of you know I am a white woman (the exact combination is Italian, Sicilian, Russian, Belarusian and Austrian), so I cannot even attempt to comment on the sexualization of black women and, specifically, their bodies (or body parts). NinjaCate already got that covered, and as a working-class, white woman I cannot, nor will I ever, completely understand what WoC go through. With that said...
STOP WITH THE ASS SHIT. (pun intended?)
I'm tiny. I'm 5'2" with a narrow frame. Even being overweight, I'm still small. All of my weight is in my ass. It's been there since I went through puberty and I lost all the "baby fat" everywhere except for my butt/hips. My measurements are roughly 36-31-45, and my hips aren't especially wide so I have the epitome of a "bubble butt."
And it is constantly a talking point for people. Since I was 12 or so, it's been something for everyone, from people I know to complete strangers, to discuss with me. Often they feel the need to let me know I have a big ass, because it's not like I see myself in a mirror or buy pants for myself or anything, amirite?
I have heard a clusterfuck of comments on my rear end for 10+ years now, everything from "DAMN GIRL" to "do you know you have a HUGE ass?" to "there's no way you're a virgin with that ass" (WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN!?) to "no wonder you're so thick with the way you eat!" to "how do you sit on a toilet seat?" Seriously. These are things people say to me.
And ya know what? Fuck it. I don't have enough in me to give a shit now that I'm 22. At 13 I did, and I was hella embarrassed about my body. Now? I'm fine. I have a big ass. It ain't going anywhere anytime soon.
But then JEZEBEL HAS AN ENTIRE ARTICLE ON IT! Because this isn't a fucking FEMINIST WEBSITE, right? I'm so glad all the times that fat asses were used as props were highlighted in this article. I'm so glad someone cited all the people who talk about women's body parts in their music. Really, very empowering. Good to know my ass is awesome and I should be proud of it because Robin Thicke or whoever else says so. Thank you ALL for telling me you love one part of my body.
I have absolutely no idea where I'm going with this. I'm just annoyed. I don't hate my body (well, not the way it looks). I neither like nor hate my butt. It's just there. It's hard to fit into jeans but it makes anything I sit on comfortable. I'm just absolutely fucking sick of this fetishization of big butts, as if there aren't actual women attached to them. Women who don't give a fuck if you find their asses attractive or not.