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Buns of Steel and Sex Appeal
It seems in the past decade more and more attention
has been put on firm buttocks and thighs on women. Susan
J.Douglas wrote an article called ? Flex Appeal, Buns of
Steel, and the Body in Question?. It addresses this fad in
a woman's point of view. Douglas, who was a teacher and
free lance writer has had many of her article appear in The
Village Voice. It seems from the tone of this article that
Douglas is disgusted by the emphasis put on the female body
and has probably had struggles with weight herself, as many
women these days have had.
Douglas points out in her article all of the publicity
that has been put on women?s hindquarters. It seems like
everywhere you go you can catch a glimpse of a woman?s
tight rear end or firm thighs. On billboards, magazine
covers, articles, television, just about anywhere you can
put a butt you will see one. Douglas says ? ?not just in
Vogue or Cosmo, either: even in the Village Voice,? has ads
for products such as the videotape called Buns of Steel.?
(Douglas 181) There is also an enormity of exercise
videos making claims like ? Now you can have the Buns you
always wanted?. The author also points out two ads that
show perfect bottoms with slogans like ? You?ve worked
hard? and ?If you work it shows?. (Douglas 182) Douglas
seems offended by this rebutting ?meaning if you have been
slacking off, that will show too?. (Douglas 182) I
personally think that if it were actually that easy, we
would all have ?buns of steel?.
Douglas brings up something that most of us have never
thought of before. She seems to think that expected woman
to have tight behinds is trying to make them more like men.
She claims that this is a ?distortion of feminism? (Douglas
182) She then goes onto say ? ?that ambitious women want,
or should want, to be just like men, especially those men
committed to the most competitive, inhumane, macho aspects
of patriarchy. I don?t really see the connection, being
that I am sure woman like firm buns on men too.
It seems that Douglas is ashamed of her own body as
you can see in the statement ?They insist that the rest of
us should feel only one thing when we put on a bathing
suit: profound mortification.? (Douglas 181) I don?t think
that any women should feel ashamed of her body in a bathing
suit or anything else for that matter. Douglas explains
how women naturally have more fat than men do, in order to
carry babies. This is another reason she came to the
theory of the public wanting women to be more like men.
She also make a sarcastic statement ?A real women, of any
age, will get off her butt and, by overcoming her sloth,
not just get in shape, but conquer genetics and history.?
According to the article this buttock and thigh craze
started in the eighties. It seems, according to Douglas,
that the popularity of thighs and buttocks much overrode
the popularity of breast. The reason, she explains, it
that even flat - chested women can have a goal of ?buns of
steel?. I feel that part of this is that sexual -
oriented matters where becoming more public on television
in ads. It was probably the first decade that it was
acceptable to blatantly display women?s rear - ends. When
all of the regular women saw this, and how the media
connected it to sexuality and wealthiness it became a
craze. In addition to that men came to think that is what
to expect from a women, and therefore put more pressure on
their own girlfriends and wives to look like the models.
Douglas says ?The key to huge profits was to emphasize
beauty over health, sexuality over fitness, and to equate
thin thighs with wealth and status?. (Douglas 182)
Douglas says this is Reaganism, which means that
appearances are just as important as character.
Another controversy of this topic is that all these
ads show a nice figure as a sign of discipline. The author
seems upset with this, because women with desk jobs that
work harder than the one who happen to
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