Bottoms Up to the Hourglass Figure

by Ann Marie Michaels on April 26, 2012

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I just put the “Baby Got Back” ringtone on my phone:

So Cosmo says you’re fat?
Well, I ain’t down with that
Cuz your waist is small and your curves are kickin’
And I’m thinkin’ ’bout stickin’
To the beanpole dames in the magazines?
You ain’t it, Miss Thing
Give me a sista, I can’t resist her
Red beans and rice didn’t miss her

There has been an obsession with women being “thin” and “lean” ever since Twiggy in the 1960s. Which is relatively recent, when you think about it.

Until very recently, skinny was not attractive. It wasn’t too long ago that the hourglass figure was de rigueur.

Check out this clip from my favorite TV show, Mad Men:

Christina Hendricks, who plays Joan Harris (one of my very favorite characters) is gorgeously well-endowed.

I think we’ve all gone a little crazy with the whole thin thing. Don’t you?

I mean, especially those of us who are into traditional food.

That Hourglass Figure...

This is not traditional.

The obsession with being thin is a modern sickness.

Do you really think it’s a coincidence that we have an ever-growing number of women who have lost their sex drive, don’t menstruate, can’t get pregnant, and/or can’t nurse their babies?

What is up with that?

Could it be the fact that we are starving ourselves? Living on salads and Diet Coke. Cutting out the bread and the butter, skipping breakfast, forgoing dessert, doing whatever we can to try to get back to that size 6.

I want to bring back the hourglass.

After all, some of the sexiest women alive have been curvy.

Like Marilyn.

And modern-day sex symbol, Scarlett Johansson.

If you’re worried about gaining weight, and you’re restricting your diet because of it — going low carb, skipping meals, cutting out grains and sugar — maybe it’s time to let go a little.

Maybe we should all let go a little.

Ask your boyfriend or husband. Does he really mind a few extra curves? I bet you he doesn’t. Go ahead and ask him.

And have the ice cream for dessert.

Because if you can’t eat the ice cream, what’s the dang point anyway?

There’s a reason they call it La Dolce Vita (the sweet life).

And speaking of La Dolce Vita, let us not forget Sophia Loren:

Baby got back!
Yeah, baby … when it comes to females,
Cosmo ain’t got nothin’
to do with my selection.
Ha ha, only if she’s 5’3

— Sir Mix-a-lot, “Baby Got Back”

Thanks to Laura of Ancestralize Me and her awesome post, Paleo Women are Phat, which inspired me to write this.

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