Booty, back, donk, rump, culo—whatever you call it, there is no one who loves an ample backside—or has as many names for it—as black men. For women who are blessed in this area, a big butt is like a golden ticket through life; admiration is sure to follow from any man caught in her hindsight. But for ladies who don’t have as much junk in their trunk, the pressure to live up to black men’s ideal body type sometimes causes them to go to extreme lengths to achieve it. The days of busting squats in the gym to pump up you rear end are long gone. Women are opting for quicker and riskier methods to enhance their backside via butt injections, and sometimes the practice is legal, often it’s not.
The same way the media and the beauty and fashion industries take the bulk of the blame for the standards of beauty currently upheld in society—thinness, long-flowing hair, light/white skin—the root of the growing fascination with butt injections can easily be traced to black men. They sing about it, rap about it, write books about it, gawk and stare at it, and constantly chase it—unfortunately that’s been to women’s detriment. For the longest it seemed only ample-backed women suffered from this obsession, constantly being objectified for their figures and enduring endless street harassment, but now we see the grass isn’t so green on the other side either as an increasing number of reports highlight the prevalence of illegal butt-enhancing procedures among women seeking to become the object of black men’s affection. The question is would this all go away if black men placed more emphasis on women’s brains than their butts?
It’s not that women don’t want to be appreciated for their physical beauty just as much as their inner, but the obsession has grown to an alarming level where it’s not sufficient to just have enough to cup or a butt proportionate with your body. If you’re not toting a rear end on the level of Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, or Kim Kardashian naturally, you’re only option is to pull a Nicki Minaj and get it some other way. That may not be the reality of the situation but it’s the message women are getting, which shows black men are just as disillusioned about butts as the women who attempt to appease their obsession with these risqué procedures.
See somewhere between J. Lo leaving the block, Beyonce going crazy in love, and Kim Kardashian’s sex tape hitting the scene, 36-24-46 measurements became more than a head-turning, needle-in-the-haystack figure, it became the standard by which all women are judged. And let’s be honest, most women don’t share those genes, which means most women don’t add up in the looks department according to black men, so it seems. Call it a misconception, exaggeration, or whatever you choose, that won’t change the fact that since this need for a big butt started with black men, they are the only ones who can make it go away.
Big butts have long been admired by black men and it would be unfair to say they have completely caused women to seek gluteal enhancement. Women have to take some responsibility for their own susceptibility to these pretty brown round messages themselves, but the same way the fashion industry has become more conscious of the messages they’re sending, I’d like to see black men do the same. It’s not their job to build women’s self-confidence or make them accept their booties, but what black men can do is denounce the fake butts gracing music videos, men’s magazines, and pornos and celebrate the beauty of a natural booty no matter how big or small. Indulging in the idea of a land filled with big butts and wide hips is fine every now and then but when black men’s fantasies start interfering with black women’s reality, something’s got to give—on their end.