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.