What is a stereotype? How is it formed? What are we taught about women's bodies and where does that stem from?
A stereotype must have an origin, a person zero. The world is full of diversity, and culture, happenstance, time periods, religion and other factors cradle and destroy certain tendencies. We praise and ridicule certain shapes, colors and tones. & it is still alive, now, in the 21st century. I came across the
Nicki Minaj video 'Anaconda', see below, which eventually led me to all of these other findings. One thing I must remark, that is amazing with technology and the internet, is that you can really dig and find some incredible things!! I am always surprised by the things that are out there, that no one see's or looks for. Sometimes it is just that right search word that brings up this article that changes your life. I would love to figure out a way to help hone and search the internet more efficiently and effectively - as well as creatively, on a foundation of a search for knowledge.
What is of note is the widely held beliefs by some Europeans and European colonists in Africa, Europe and the Americas about racist ties between Africans and orangutans.
- For instance, the myth that orangutan males preferred black women just as black men preferred white women over their own, uttered by Thomas Jefferson and was even painted in the 18th century as fact (see picture above, of a black man shooting an arrow at what the artist labels an orangutan, even though orangutans do not live in Africa and of course do not engage in sexual intercourse with black women!)!
By the 19th century, European and American artists continued their association of black people with apes through comparisons of skulls, assumptions about intelligence, and Eurocentric standards of beauty and civilization.
The prognathous features of "Negroes" versus the "Caucasian" (a term that only caught on after Blumenbach popularized it, despite its lack of any scientific merit) somatic norm and comparisons of the former with apes only consolidated European and Euro-American opinions on black inferiority.
Steatopygia, pronounced stay-at-o-PIE-jia, is defined as a high degree of fat on and around the buttocks- and also the front and side of the thighs. You'll find steatopygian women all over the world, but this condition is most commonly found among the khoisan women of southern Africa.
Steatopygia is considered a sign of great beauty in their women, the zenith of femininity. There's a drawing, date unknown, but it obviously goes back a century or several, of a zaftig African woman with a most abundant behind, labelled Hotentott Venus. See below.
This is another steatopygian woman, one whom in my opinion has the aesthetic limit for butt. It's the limit of voluptuous (and I like voluptuous!), the limit of opulence before it becomes grotesque.
What is the threshold of steatopygia?
You may laugh, but there are those who would find that extremely arousing. Found in the khoisan women of southern Africa, and at Wal-Marts all over (but definitely in the southern US).
The fact is, is that these women were taunted, and taken just for their extreme fatty buttocks and were often found in carnivals and shows as "freaks". Now they are, as we see below, freaks of a different nature - of instagram and of celebrity.
So when people talk about the "perfect physique", to me, is unhealthy.
It is because they are scared. In nature, there are schools of fish to confuse the predator and try to increase their chances of survival. Now how does this relate to the modern day man and woman? To Sex, marriage and relationships? What are we afraid of and why?
Now I really don't want to say something is inherently bad, or good, but I am just sick of the modern media and culture around women's and mens physique. It is a mental disorder.