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The big-butt trend

• Jul 16, 2010


Okay… So I know this is a hair blog, but I just HAD to get your take on this!!

From Clutch Magazine;

Just when you thought mainstream media was demystified of the age-old big butt, they prove to us all, yet again, light makes it right.


According to the New York Daily News, big butts are this summer’s hottest trend. And whose back sides accompanies the headline? None other than “Armenian Princess” Kim Kardashian and 40-year-old actress-singer Jennifer Lopez. With honorable mentions of Serena Williams and Beyonce in the periphery.


The story reads: “Not since Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 hit “Baby Got Back” has so much praise been paid to the posterior.”


Ummm, but for who? I know some dudes on Fulton who jump up and down every time my girls and I walk pass.


The author attempts to dilute the hype a bit, quoting Stylesight trend analyst Sharon Graubard. “African American and Latino culture have long respected a larger bum. We have all these Brazilian models, and as our population becomes more diverse, we’re appreciating different body parts that are different than the puritanical American roots. In Brazil, it’s been all about the butt.”


Hmmm…Different than the puritanical American roots?


Yet again, and sadly, these trend reports prove Black bodies remain outside the European aesthetic code. Our bodies are deconstructed, cut up like a slab of dead meat and hoisted as national hors d’oeuvres for the world to pick at. We are never the main dish. Or do we even want to be?

Interesting! What are your thoughts?

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Ivy
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some things we just have to chalk up to white folks’ ignorance. they are not conditioned to think of black women as naturally attractive, so anything like a ‘big butt’ being seen as attractive HAS to be attached to a white body. it’s still sexist, regardless of what body is being objectified.

i’m not mad, i could care less, because i know i’m attractive in my chocolate skin…with my big butt!

but on another note, WTF is going on with Serena’s HAIR??!! she looks bananas! but the body is bangin’!

L
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I’m so over the media’s hype over fat butts. Forget Kim Kardashian and these Brazilians…African women been having big butts before big butts was. Just another example of white folk trying to capitalize on black folk without paying homage.

Sherrie C
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Who cares about what these mainstream folk think or publish. They (the media, publishers, etc.) will never think highly of our race on education, beauty or in the workplace, career, etc. This is a given. I am beautiful with my caramel skin and big butt.…and to my other sisters with big butts, you are beautiful!

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cherchezlacurl
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First of all, Serine has been looking really cute lately! It’s unfortunate that beauty is still judged according to a European aesthetic, even if it’s in a non-obvious/subversive way. Ironically, I was shocked when I first moved from America to England and found beauty/fashion ad campaigns regularly featuring Black women (from shades ranging from fair to very dark) without any underlying subtext — many major stores even feature black mannequins. That said England/Europe has it’s issues as well, but it seems like in America there is a continued undercurrent of lack of acceptance of Blackness as being part of the… Read more »
Leslie
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I gotta tell you I busted out laughing at this line: “Ummm, but for who? I know some dudes on Fulton who jump up and down every time my girls and I walk pass.”

Jordan
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I blame music videos and such for thinking that a big butt is the best thing going. I am an african-american woman that does not have a big butt, AND I DON’T CARE. In high school and throughout life I have been teased by boys, family members, and lovers for it. One day I just woke up and said “f it.” My body was not meant to have a badonkadonk. So if you have a well rounded mountain or a flatland for a backside, so what! Your worth is determinded by your body, and your beauty is rooted in your… Read more »
Stacey
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This issue goes back to the commodification of blackness. If it is something that can be marketed, then it is okay, but would be better if it is on a body that isn’t black. The big butt sells as long as it’s on J.Lo or Kim K. But some people still find Serena’s posterior offensive in tennis whites! America has always place a higher aesthetic on the Eurocentric features, figure, etc. That is one of those things here that is likely to be an issue for some time. And as the writer stated, Ummm for who? This is only new… Read more »
thelady
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and the race fail continues

vonnie
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it’s ridiculous.…our features are only praised if they are on someone of another race. Big lips? Angelina Jolie…Big butt? Kim K or Vida Guerra.…etc etc…and it goes on and on my friend

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thelady
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@ Jordan

I agree and completely related. My bottom is not huge and so people make fun of me and say I have a butt like a white girl. So silly, we can’t all look like Serena.

CashmereCurls
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This is nothing new. Big butts are not hot until a white woman has one. Big lips are not attractive until a white woman has that too. Kinky hair is only high fashion when you put an afro wig on a white woman. Brown skin is only pretty when you cover the same white woman in brown paint. R&B and hip-hop is not good enough for mainstream until Fergie, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, and others appropriate it. When black people speak slang its ignorant, but white people do the same and its hip and funny. Granted, we are not the… Read more »
Domina Maxima
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Agreed 100%

sherlyn
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Well stated!!

bb
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Me too. And the sad thing about it is, many black women will spend much of their lives doing what they can in order to receive validation from whites. Someone has to tell these girls that it is not worth it. When you define your own worth, no one can say anything to break you down. When you look for others to validate you, you’re only asking for more pain in your life. I learned this from experience. At the time I was only 16 years old attending a predominately white high school.I was usually the only black girl in… Read more »
janelle
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You have said it ALL!

Sherrie C
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@Cashmere Curls..your comments were articulated very well. I could not have stated them any better. Thanks.

SL
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Why do people expect the euro mainstream to elevate and validate something they don’t possess. Why should flat assed white girls be made to feel any more inferior than they already feel. Just because black culture is big on elevating features that are common place among other races (light skin, straight hair) and rare amongst blacks without much thought to the psychological effect on the masses of black people doesn’t mean that yts are eager to do the same.

Domina Maxima
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We should take a lesson.

Msnappy
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I am in total agreement with SL on this one!

v.c.
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I love big butts but i’m tired of everyone thinking that having a big butt is all that matters, or is the only thing that makes a woman a “real” woman. Not ALL black women have big butts. So what if women of other races do? Why does it matter? It’s a BUTT! There are other parts of the female anatomy that are just as attractive if not more (like, I dunno, a personality, nice eyes, intelligence…no wait, a big butt tops all that).

brunettefury
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SL — “Why should flat assed white girls be made to feel any more inferior than they already feel.” Feel more inferior to who? It’s not like being a person of colour and having “stereotypical black features” is exactly the ideal, or at least, it might be ideal for some men if they’re not attached to a woman of colour. Coveting features that minorities have is fetishism and it ignores the fact that on minorities, these features aren’t ideal (big lips, big ass, big boobs, eye shape, etc.) due to racism (I’ve heard people say they wish they had darker… Read more »
me
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irrelevant

MP
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I don’t want to be the main dish. I’ma move right on from racism to sexism. I am a human being, I am a woman, and I am more than just one of my body parts. Yes, I appreciate when someone I’m into appreciates me and ALL my parts. But other than that, I don’t care. I’m not into objectification like that. I’m not associating with anyone making body parts into trends. This is why perfectly healthy people without strange conditions get plastic surgery. They will not trick me into buying butt pads, chicken cutlets, or anything else they dream… Read more »
Courtney
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This is insane. People thinking only minorities have big butts and people thinking the media reflects fact. Just because rap videos and black movies depict black women with big butts doesn’t mean all black women are “well endowed.” ALL shades of women come in different sizes and shapes. To attribute this to one race is beyond ignorant. Me & my family are all black & we’re all different. Some have big boobs, some are tall and thin, some are tall and voluptous, some have small boobs but big behinds, etc. We share similar genes yet we don’t have the same… Read more »
donna
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A few sidebars, Serena makes me want to hit the gym, I need to put this on the fridge and bathroom mirror as motivation to get er done. I’m so convinced that natural hair would rock on her! Anyway this sort of thing is always interesting to me, it’s like who is running this machine anymore because ever since I’ve been natural, I get tons more love from white men than I did prior. And I’m not talking about those that may be boxed into liking black women with natural hair. And while I do not condone it, I have… Read more »
Tiffany
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Funny, I was just watching some commercial for underwear with padding.

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em
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It’s bizarre that there are trend reports on physical attributes- feeds straight into the pockets of the plastic surgeons. It’s easier to change your body than your attitude it seems. Positive self image should be promoted regardless of race, body type or gender. That doesn’t sell though.

M
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The sad thing is that body parts should not be “fashion.” You have no control over the size of butt you are born with. I do agree that features typical to black women in America are usually not seen as beautiful because of their association with blackness. Vida Guerra and Jlo are both of Puerto Rican ancestry, which means that they have enough West African ancestry to have the type of butt that is generally associated with African Americans. And as I remember, white people in the mainstream media were always talking about Jlo’s butt being too large. It was… Read more »
U_Feel_Me
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Interesting topic. I was in a beauty supply the other day and I saw some butt pads for sale. The package read, “Now you can be beautiful and have confidence.” I just shook my head. I’ve also had a couple of girlfriends who thought I had it made because I was cute and have a big butt. I have the almost the exact same body as Serena’s (basketball booty, flat stomach, small waist, etc.)and I can honestly say that yes I get attention, but so what? Most of the time it’s the wrong attention. Men are not going to treat… Read more »
Ms. Haiti 1982!
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I will say one thing, you can have the ugliest face, but if you got a tight waist and big ol booty, u will attract black men from a mile away. Most of these women know that their ass is their best asset.

Nameless
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Ms. Haiti 1982!: I think you missed the point of this post…

Mimi
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I second what Ms. Haiti said. I find myself excluded from Black people cause i do not have the typical body of a Black woman and im black!!!! It hurts either way it goes my slender body type is never accepted as a Black woman in the south (georgia that is). Like i told my best friend, if my booty was bigger then i would be prettier, nothing else matters.

Luvmusic
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Sometimes body types have nothing to do with this racist double standard. I know a lot of you ladies are too young to remember, but there was a movie (70ish) in which Bo Dereck emerged from the water at the beach wearing a skintight one piece bathing suit and head full of blonde cornrolls and beads. A hair style that African and African-American women wore FOR YEARS and the media never acknowledged our beauty!!! But all of a sudden, instantaneously, Bo Dereck was made into an international star. Just because she ran down the beach with her braids and beads… Read more »
Naiym
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YOu ain’t EVA LIED..i’m only in my 20s , but my MOm used to tell me about this…Briads on a white woman…Phenom! Braids on a black woman ho hum…Same with singing. BEyonce , J hudson, Aretha can tear the house down, Christina can try and sound black, and she’s the greatest of all time.. SMH SAD

Sandfire74
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I was just talking to this older lady (white) about a guy I’m going out with for the first time and in her effort to help me feel less nervous, she told me how pretty I am and that I’m not shaped like other african american women. I have more of a model shape. When I asked her what she meant, she replied, “Well most black women are more curvey.” I know she meant it as a compliment, but she doesn’t know that most black men prefer their women “curvey” and I am not at all happy with my present… Read more »
beadgyrl
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Wow there are some really good comments here. But I agree with a couple above whole-heartedly. Yes.…I am sorry I was wondering what was up with Serena’s weave also? Anyhow, I was always annoyed about that J-Lo thing, when she first came out and everyone was making a big deal about her butt. When black women are the originators/emancipators of the BIG BUTT!! Ok c’mon sisters help me out. (I’m going Little Richard over here). Why is J-Lo and that slut-bag (excuse me for saying) Kim Kardashian the poster girls for a big butt?? Beyonce and Serena should have been… Read more »
beadgyrl
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Oh yeah, Luvmusic, I definitely remember that era, and yes, that crappy movie with Bo Derek and Dudley Moore called (’10). I purposely never watched it either because of that. What is so sad is that I had a book once written by the lady that said that white heifer’s agent brought her to the black salon that did the braids for the movie!! You know only a black person or African shop did those braids! Yes, I have also seen the commercial you referred to also. Oh white folks threw a fit when they saw her running on the… Read more »
aiych
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haha, don’t feel bad beadgyrl. There is a certain amount of jealousy of black features among the “dominant race” that is often downplayed by their rejection of black features while on black bodies. Do black people get jealous of white people? of course (hair, skin, eye color), but we didn’t make them miserable over it, subjugate them as a race, or claim they were hypersexual and beastlike. yet in the past members of the white race have inflicted these injustices upon blacks all the while desiring their physical features. There is a long history of black men being emasculated because… Read more »
Sadaboutitall
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I’m surprised and saddened at the nature of many posts here which seem to seek approval from White/mainstream media outlets for black female beauty, desire to be fetishised and broken down into body parts(something a patriarchal society does to women of all races) and some seem happy to fall into that pigeon hole that all black females look the same way, I. e big butt. A stereotype can appear positive while having a deeply negative affect on those it’s aimed at. Take race out of this and that article is complaining that we aren’t being objectified enough by the patriarchy… Read more »
nattyblog
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Sadaboutitall, that is the first thing I thought of when I read the post and the comments. She was the Hottentot Venus. Her name was Sarah Saartjie Bartman. She was paraded around European countries, stared and poked at for the differences of her features from what was common to the mainstream in these areas. She was used to “prove” that black women were inferior, overly sexual beings. Upon death, her skeleton, genitals and brain were put on display. They were requested to be sent to her homeland some time after 2000. I think they were sent back a little bit… Read more »
SL
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@Brunettefury the norm for who? What’s your norm? My norm is myself and other beautiful black women I’ve grown up around. If your mirror on the world is the media, of course you will see yourself objectified and fetishised and the blond ideal set up as your norm. Why don’t you ask who runs the media and what it’s objective is. It’s certainly not there to allow me, you (or even the so called ideal white women) to feel good about ourselves. Female insecurity generates advertising revenue, helps sell products and keeps women in their place, running ragged trying to… Read more »
Domina Maxima
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boom! there it is.

Me :]
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Hi, I would just like to say that the people on here who are saying “not all black women have big ol’ butts”, uhm a lot of us do tend to be curvier. Not saying that all black women have donks, and no white women do, but it is more common for black women to have bigger butts, hips, thighs and chest. You don’t see too many white women walkin around with huge butts, hips and chest do you? Just like you don’t see a lot of black people with light colored hair and eyes naturally either. Its just a… Read more »
BGLH
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It looks like Serena finally got some praise for her size instead of the negative responses she usually gets for her form. Eventhough it sounded like a back handed compliment. In Harlem where I am their are beautiful big booty black women all over, and I am one of them. What we don’t learn from the media but from ourselves and each other is how beautiful and proud we are of our natural hair, butt, skin, curves etc! We almost never get shown in our true loving, beautiful, full figured nature but it doesn’t mean we don’t have it, know… Read more »
lexo
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someone said that black woman were ‘blessed’ with bigbutts, so those who dont have big butts are cursed? or just not as blessed? what does being blessed have to do with body shape? i think most women are into this ‘trend’ because they think they will attract more men, which they will but when a female comes along with an even bigger butt, then what? if u use ur body to get ur man, its ur body u hv to use to keep him…

MissyD
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“The world doesn’t view a Black Woman’s sexuality the same way they view other races. They just don’t” — Necole Bitchie. This is so true. I really hate it when as a Black Woman I am reduced to how big my butt is and if my ass isn’t big enough that must mean that I’m not Black enough. It’s offensive and hurtful. We’ve gotten to the point now where even Caucasin males have said offensive things to a Black Womans face about not having a big enough ass. Articles like this is reasons why so many women in America have… Read more »
renee
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im sorry but J.lo’s ass is OVER RATED I have seen bigger asses than hers she needs to sit down! … and they didnt realise that there were celebrities with asses until Kim came along? which could be fake … don’t forget that if you don’t have it you can buy it! nowadays…

and why are they making it sound like an accessory recently discovered — butt are this summer hottest trend WTF !!

boreeyah
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hi. new to the site(responding that is). there were so many responses that i didnt read all of them. but 1 that struck me was SL using the word “minorities” in reference to black women. this is a big mistake, bc if you travel the world, you will see that “people of color” are the majority! there are countries outside of this limited land mass(usa) where the inhabitants are nothing but “people of color”. the other races that visit or live there are the minority! and if you know your history about how the different races came to be, you… Read more »
CMhennaLUV
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AMEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CMhennaLUV
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KNOWLEDGE OF SELF IS KEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

M
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@boreeyah “People of Color” includes nonblacks too. What do you call Asians, South Asians, brown and “black” skin Native Americans in Latin America, etc.?

boreeyah
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as i stated in my earlier post “all races stemmed from people of color” i also said that as ancient peoples(who were peoples of color) migrated to different parts of the world and became acclimated there, certain features that are most common to african peoples diminished. this is why in some cases you will see what is commonly known as black womens features on some individuals of other races, including whites, because “all races stemmed from people of color” to be more specific, black peoples. Please do your research.….

wesley
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I’m “White” (not literally but you know…) and though I can’t speak for anyone else, I love beautiful women regardless of the color of their skin. I am an equal opportunity horndog (but loyal to my wife). I couldn’t care less whether the woman is Black, Latina, Asian, White, Australoid, a mix of races or something else. Heck, the female lead in Avatar looked good to me. I have dated women of all races and though I didn’t plan on avoiding women of my own race, I have been married twice to Latinas. I felt as though many White women… Read more »
janelle
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I am an equal opportunity horndog (but loyal to my wife)”

Is hilarious!

Jinx
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Thank you! It’s about time somebody said this Lolz 🙂

MissLadyCoco
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@Permalink you do know that the black skined native americans in south america are mixed with african evan if they dont admit to it. because of the wide racial prejudice down therelots of them dont admit to it.

EbnCurly
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I totally agree with the poster.…. how ridiculous that Kim K. and J.Lo are mentioned before Serena

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Treshiq
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it Kills me that they even say LATIN cultures…do they realize that UNLESS THESE ALTIN COUNTRIES have had a form of slavery that brought over Africans EVEN they don’t have BUTTS…hello Brazill the portuguese brought over SLAVES…look at a white european portuguese woman in Brazil…yeah she’s not looking like th women in the the city who are cleary of African descnet..this kills me..Everytime i hear kim k say “i’;m Armenian all the women in my family look like this” I want to scream..NO THEY DO NOT.…you are like one in a billion I have a TON of armenian friends…and EVEN… Read more »
Guest
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Lol! I love your comment, but seeing it’s from 3 years ago made me chuckle because it’s clear, although not known at the time–Kim K’s butt is FAKE!

I know, I was bamboozled too for a while too. But now, there are countless of before and after pictures to showcase this. She had fat transfered into her buttocks–hence why people taught hers was real at first. Lots of women are now doing the fat transfer to the booty now. She’s make it a quite popular plastic surgery.

Treshiq
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and i don’t care and i’m not trying to be mean..but it makes me mad that black women are considered undesirable 2 nd rate even to other races, but if you have a feature that is known from our ancestory , you’re the greatest thing walking… It’s mind boggling.

Son
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Such candid and necessary points and so glad you posted this article! I am a white woman with a larger behind and have noticed the recent attention to the butt in the media. It is yet another form of objectification of the female body — reducing a woman to one ‘part’ as if dissecting us. This is not empowering for any race or gender. It is also obvious that the trend is now focusing on light skinned woman, eg Kim kardashian and even Miley Cyrus with her grotesque cultural appropriating of twerking. There are also plenty of woman boldly publishing… Read more »
Torie Amza
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Hmmm…I guess most whites don’t realize that Blacks have been here since before the founding of this nation, lol!!!and even before that, the Natives had already end in the land for centuries, and even they were likely originally from Africa! So who’s the most pure American? The world may never know.

Chaunta Black
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Torie Anza there is much scientific evidence proving that human beings originated in Africa. These are not just Black scientists saying this either!

Angela
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Dead on. Actually there is evidence that the original people were not even Asiatic natives but Negroid peoples.

Tori Stevens
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The oldest human remains were found in Ethiopia.

Itumeleng
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That;s funny, I thought they were found in Southern Africa, where I come from. Some Scientists from Stanford even named her Homo-Naledi. Carbon dating tests prove it Humanity can be traced to the San, the oldest living people in the world. As a Tswana, I am honored to have significant Khoisan heritage. We are a pure race 🙂

darklady
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Black women should not feel offended if non black women imitate our figure, they will always be a bad copy us! Black women are goddess!

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