UPDATED TO INCLUDE THESE:
From Saffire — The Uppity Blues Women (thank you Craig for reminding me):
And how could I forget this? Again, thanks to Craig:
Original post follows.
Thank goodness for my booty! Yes, you read that right – my booty! My backside, my tuches, my keister! For anyone still unclear – my butt. Thank goodness for my butt!
I was on the bus the other day when this wave of gratitude washed over me. Another passenger stood up when the bus arrived at her stop. As she waited for the driver to open the door she hiked up her jeans and her action caught my eye. Then of course all I could see was that she had no backside. None. Nada. Zilch There was nothing there to assist in keeping her pants up! That’s when I realized that without my curvy derriere I might have the same problem.
I know, I know, sloppy, falling-down pants are in right now. But I don’t care how fashionable some people believe them to be, you’ll never see them on this body. Never, ever. And honestly, does anyone really like that look? I mean really? Pull up your damn pants! No one wants to see what’s under them or worse, that there’s nothing under them!
Thinking along these lines lead me to realize how grateful I truly am for my posterior. Even ten years ago I would have laughed out loud if someone had told me one day I would love my butt. I mean come on, it’s big people – not circus tent big but definitely above average.
If the media is to be believed a great number of women obsess about the size of their bottoms. The actual number may even rival those who obsess about their breast size, but that’s a topic for another day. If I’m honest with myself, I still have days when I’m not too happy with the backside. But then JD will grab a handful when I least expect it, giving a little love tweak and I’m good again. (Sorry if that’s TMI, it’s part of my evolution to loving the butt so it has its place here.)
I truly believe women should be celebrating their behinds. From what I can see, a lot of men seem to enjoy them.
Bob Seger sang about Her Strut in the 80s. While this isn’t specifically about a full-figured, round behind, it definitely refers to a female butt and the opposite sex’s appreciation of it.
“She’s totally committed to major independence, but she’s a lady through and through. She gives them all that they can handle, she’ll bruise some, she’ll hurt some too. But ohh, they love to watch her strut! Ohh, they DO respect the butt!”
Then there’s Trace Adkins’ pleasure in the feminine anatomy not so long ago:
“…how’d she even get them britches on that honky tonk badonkadonk?” And later, “We hate to see her go but love to watch her leave.”
From the lyrics you can surmise that it’s a larger than average posterior they’re talking about. Too bad the official video used slimmer women who in my opinion, had almost non-existent butts. But social media’s influence is everywhere, isn’t it? And big butts aren’t politically correct.
That brings us to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Baby Got Back. The beginning of the official music video shows 2 Valley Girl-types discussing a Black woman’s behind. “I mean, her butt, it’s just so big…” The downside to this homage to a nicely shaped rear is that it’s very sexual. It’s completely inappropriate for your pre-teen even if it might help boost her self image. My introduction to it was in the movie Shrek of all things. And then I saw this:
I can’t recall how I discovered it but I watched it one day at work and had to force myself not to dance along. They had so much fun with this that I could disregard the lyrics and just have a great time along with them.
While tracking down the videos for this post I also ran across this clip which I had never seen. The best part starts about 4:44 but feel free to watch all 5-ish minutes.
I’m sure I’ve missed some obvious tributes to the female anatomy so feel free to suggest them in the comments if you wish. I’ll wind this up with one last video that tickles me: All About That Bass, by Meghan Trainor. My favorite part is the big guy’s moves, and boy can he move!
As the lyric goes, “I’m bringin’ booty back!”