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Cultural relevance and CityNews? (also bottoms)

By johnboy 25 June 2009 38

CityNews has an endless capacity to surprise.

I was particularly surprised by this week’s effort by Sonya Fladun in which she attempts to argue that larger bottoms are “back” in fashion.

What’s the data?

    Much of this new popularity for the bigger bum owes much to celebrities with rounded posteriors who have proudly embraced their curves (think Beyoncé or J. Lo). Butts are so big in pop culture that there is even a song dedicated to the larger derrière titled “I Like Big Butts’’. (Predictably, this is a song my six-year-old son has somehow learnt the words to – accompanied by numerous sniggers.)

So, J.Lo and Beyoncé are hardly recent adventures. But what’s this song “I Like Big Butts”? Could Sonya be referring to Sir Mix-a-lot’s 1992 classic, in actuallity titled “Baby Got Back”? Why yes, I think in fact she is.

A seventeen year old song for which you’ve got the name wrong highlights a new social trend does it?

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astrojax 9:07 pm 25 Jun 09

“Oh dear. Please don’t lump all 35+ first time mothers into that particular basket.”
Fair call – all generalisations are bad

gold, lulu, straight to the pool room with that one..!

Felix the Cat 8:23 pm 25 Jun 09

Desperate for stories much, JB? Not sure how this is relevant to Canberra anyway except that it’s a recycled City News story.

BerraBoy68 7:53 pm 25 Jun 09

rosebud said :

Does this website make my butt look big?

Bwahahahahaha!

I simply loooooove real size women who’ve lived a little and are comfortable with themselves. This is much more attractive to me than photoshopped or synthetic women.

lulu 7:39 pm 25 Jun 09

Hi S.S.A.
“Oh dear. Please don’t lump all 35+ first time mothers into that particular basket.”
Fair call – all generalisations are bad – we all do our best, whatever age. And all ages have their advantages too I think.

Hi Chewy 14
“i bet you and your daughters get mistaken for sisters all the time don’t you?”
Yeah we do sometimes but what’s always happened more is that my mum (who was 53 when the child was born) is mistaken for my daughter’s mother. I think it’s interesting that that’s the more common mistake.

Addison 6:44 pm 25 Jun 09

FC said :

How about women keep trying to convince themselves that the whole purpose of their existance isn’t to be attractive for men.
Get a clue about how much pressure there is in this society for women to be slim, Addison, for women to try and fit into some unrealised mould of what they ‘should’ look like.
And then comment that we are just trying to convince ourselves that fat is attractive.

this has nothing to do with how women think they should look to be attractive to men this is about women putting pressure on themselves. most men don’t really care that much about body shape they are more interested in women who are fun and they can laugh with. most men read magazines with cars and trucks and boats and the occasional skinny woman, women read magazines with heaps of skinny women and clothes and makeup. any women who is trying to fit themself into a mould of what they should like should look to other women not men for fault.

Nambucco Deliria 4:28 pm 25 Jun 09

Danman said :

Chronicle can not be that bad, They printed a Feldons band profile this week accompanied by one of my live pictures. Touché

The trouble is, I put the Chronicle in the bin without even unwrapping it… every bweek.

s-s-a 4:18 pm 25 Jun 09

Her column about turning 40 ticked me off (I think it was last year) – yes I suppose you would feel old and tired if you were parenting a 2 year-old when that particular birthday came around. I, on the other hand felt great at 40 because, having whelped in my 20’s, I was experiencing a new sense of freedom from kids who no longer needed moment-to-moment supervision.

I guess that column was well after I stopped reading her drivel. I suspect she and I are in the same age demographic, and perhaps even have children of a similar age but the similarities end there.

A column she once wrote about outsourced birthday parties made me want to vomit, as did most of the crap columns she’s written that I ever bothered to read. I guess her columns do come in handy for parking my cuppa without any worry about spilling it on something I might later want to read LOL.

I guess to me, Sonya represents a generation of women who waited till they were well passed primary breeding age to have children in order to feather their nests and live a comfortable, vacuous middle-class existence.

Oh dear. Please don’t lump all 35+ first time mothers into that particular basket.

chewy14 3:34 pm 25 Jun 09

Ah Lulu,
i bet you and your daughters get mistaken for sisters all the time don’t you?
And yes i hope your daughter goes against this recent geriatric breeding “trend” and has her children early, God knows we need more young mothers in this town.

lulu 3:03 pm 25 Jun 09

I’m a mum in this City and I find Sonya’s column really offensive. I’m not sure why it pushes my buttons so much. I guess I feel it gives the impression that mums are fat, boring, old and REALLY middle class! Her column about turning 40 ticked me off (I think it was last year) – yes I suppose you would feel old and tired if you were parenting a 2 year-old when that particular birthday came around. I, on the other hand felt great at 40 because, having whelped in my 20’s, I was experiencing a new sense of freedom from kids who no longer needed moment-to-moment supervision. I guess to me, Sonya represents a generation of women who waited till they were well passed primary breeding age to have children in order to feather their nests and live a comfortable, vacuous middle-class existence. Good on her and all the others like her but we’re not all like that. I’m slim, fit and fun, my children are my friends and they’d certainly be embarrassed if I described an early nineties song as a current hit. I think my daughter’s generation will be the beginning of a backlash against the alarming trend toward geriatric breeding – I hope so anyway.
Mind you, I think the column is well-placed in the City News and probably suits their demographic.

Danman 2:14 pm 25 Jun 09

Chronicle can not be that bad, They printed a Feldons band profile this week accompanied by one of my live pictures. Touché

rosebud 2:02 pm 25 Jun 09

Does this website make my butt look big?

barking toad 1:40 pm 25 Jun 09

I might have left out an apostrophe and and a t FC – then I’d agree

seekay 1:36 pm 25 Jun 09

No matter how egregiously bad the City News is, the Chronicle is much, much worse.

FC 1:33 pm 25 Jun 09

I think it is abou the ‘curvacious’ look being ‘in’ rather than the ‘starved’ look.
I don’t thinnk Kim Kardashian is any any way ‘fat’.
i don’t think J -Lo or any of the girls in the ‘sir mix alot’ clip either are just trying to convince themselves that ‘fat is attractive’

How about women keep trying to convince themselves that the whole purpose of their existance isn’t to be attractive for men.
Get a clue about how much pressure there is in this society for women to be slim, Addison, for women to try and fit into some unrealised mould of what they ‘should’ look like.
And then comment that we are just trying to convince ourselves that fat is attractive.

barking toad 1:31 pm 25 Jun 09

#19 – Maybe the Secret explains all. And #18 is right.

Lasses probably realise at midnight that blokes don’t want to discuss Proust

barking toad 1:23 pm 25 Jun 09

Round midnight when the princesses appear, fat bottomed girls are sweet.

I really don’t know what this cloth-eared bint is on about

Addison 1:13 pm 25 Jun 09

chewy14 said :

Addison said :

women keep trying to convince themselfs that fat is attractive, and guys are just happy if they get some.

Haha,

Don’t you know size 18 is the new 12?

they should keep telling themselfs that, maybe it will come true. women shouldn’t be skinny stick insects, but fat is fat.

chewy14 1:04 pm 25 Jun 09

Addison said :

women keep trying to convince themselfs that fat is attractive, and guys are just happy if they get some.

Haha,

Don’t you know size 18 is the new 12?

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