Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Racial Differences as They Apply to Shape

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Yesterday, and numerous times prior, I have heard conversations in the media pertaining to the difference between black’s and white’s opposing views on the best size for a female “rear-end” (my apologies to  any females that may be offended, but this conversation takes place and I feel that I have a legitimate question as to why.)  Yesterday’s instances both occurred on comedy shows that I had heard and seen.  The first on my drive to school while listening to the radio show Lex & Terry. Dee, their only black employee on the air, was commenting on the shape of a female’s “backside,” while all the others on the show, all white, agreed with one another that what he was describing was way too big.  The second instance was last night on The Jay Leno Show, Jay, and sidekick/musician Kevin, were talking about the same thing, only this time they used their arms to elaborate.  Jay made fun of the fact that when Kevin held up his arms they were outstretched like he was telling a “big fish” story.

My point and question is this, why is there such a disparity between what white and black populations find as “hot” or pretty?  To me, there are many forms of beauty out there, and generally I would agree that it lies in the eyes of the beholder, but this difference with the size and fascination with female “rear-ends” is peculiar.


Written by jamesrobertson1

October 22, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I think it’s just a cultural thing. I grew up in a mostly white community and I don’t recall anyone ever looking for that “large booty” that these talk shows were saying. I think mainly people say that as a an exaggeration because I’ve never come across some saying that seriously. I think men just say it jokingly partly due to the sir-mix-alot song where large “booties are exaggerated”.


    October 23, 2009 at 1:57 am

  2. i think that beauty truly is in the eyes of the beholder. even within a race, people find different traits attractive. I think that a lot of it has to do with the way that someone is brought up and the media that they are surrounded by. It seems that the media often defines what we deem beautiful, and different cultural groups tend to surround themselves with different sorts of people in the media.


    October 23, 2009 at 2:07 am

  3. I think it’s clear that women of different races and ethnicities tend to be shaped differently. A little white won’t want to be more curvy if most of the women she looks up to aren’t. Seeing that you are more likely to look up to (or consider to be beautiful) women who are the same race as you a black girl is more likely to want to be curvy. While I think America has an overall standard of beauty (basically a model) I think that different groups have their own standards as well. As long as there are curvy black women like Beyonce and very thin white women like Demi Moore, black women are going to lean towards being more curvy and whit woman are going to lean more towards being thin. But this isn’t true for everyone. My roommate is black and went to a a white school and she wokd much rather be shaped like Demi.


    October 23, 2009 at 7:02 pm

  4. I completely agree that this cannot be generalized to all people within a given race; beauty and what is deemed attractive to some may not be to others. A lot of it is influenced by what the media portrays as ‘attractive’ or the ideal image, and greatly affects the way individuals tend to view themselves.


    November 6, 2009 at 12:55 am

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