Steatopygia


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Steatopygia

 

the pronounced development of the subcutaneous fatty layer of the buttocks in humans, in the area of the gluteus maximus. Steatopygia is most common in the women of some South African peoples, mainly the Bushmen and Hottentots. These peoples and the Zulus consider it to be a sign of beauty. The cause has not been conclusively determined.

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Medically defined as steatopygia or protruding buttocks, and dissafectionally referred to on the streets by men and women of various races as "fat a#$," causing women to have various relationships with their butts.
(7) It could be argued that colonial scientists and exhibitors saw Baartman and /Khanako's genitals and steatopygia not only as "excessive" but as also locating them between femaleness and maleness.
Inflamed by a Cape woman whom he describes as 'a Venus among Hottentots', but too discreet to fulfil his desire of measuring her steatopygia with a pocket-ruler, Galton stands at a distance with his sextant, measuring her curves and then calculating their width and breadth by means of trigonometry (1889: 53-4).
One unusual characteristic of these peoples is steatopygia in the women--the tendency to accumulate fat reserves on the buttocks and thighs without developing generalized obesity in the rest of the body.
20 Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines "steatopygia" as "an excessive development of fat on the buttocks esp.