If the seventies were the golden age of bush, the eighties were the golden age of breast implants, and the nineties were the golden age of whatever, it would seem the 2010′s are becoming increasingly known for that grand innovation known as the “butt selfie.”
According to an increasingly funny and self-aware Cosmopolitan, the butt selfie is positively #trending. Evidence for this dubious trend is not limited to, but includes: Anthony Weiner‘s desire for (and receival of) butt sexts, Heidi Klum‘s publicly sunburned ass, and every Instagram photo posted by Rihanna. I would add to the list the recently reported facts that crazy English people are making bronze casts of their bottoms and that even men are feeling pressure to look pretty from the back. Why, it’s almost like we’ve all got asses for brains.
Wither this sudden anal fixation? You could pinpoint many different cultural factors, but I’m going to take a wild guess and say that it’s the influence of feminism and queer activism. I mean, think about it. Everybody’s got one. Male, female, gay, straight, trans, or genderqueer, there’s pretty much no one who can’t show off their behind, which makes for equal opportunity ogling. It’s this very ethos of inclusivity which drives the success of radically ass-tastic movements like the queer New Orleans hip-hop genre “sissy bounce.” So turn your speakers up, watch this Big Freedia video, and start thinking of ways you can join the #buttselfie revolution.
(Via The Cut)