According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about a million people hit tanning beds each day in the US with nearly 70 percent of them being women ages 16 to 29. Women have liposuction at age 18 and breast reduction between 16 and 22.The market for sunless tanning products is hot business right now too with one industry report claiming an annual revenue in 2011 of 6 million. Brazilian bikinis are designed to showcase every part of the body.
I grew up in one of the seventeen cities in the United States named Rochester (Wikipedia, 2015).Thanks to two decades of hip-hop and the (literal) overexposure of Jennifer Lopez, big butts have now settled comfortably into public discourse.Yet Jews have not embraced the cultural acceptance of thick chicks with round behinds--despite the fact that there are many among our ranks.'I mean, look at those tomb paintings of the Hebrew slaves in Egypt,' offered my friend Dyann, a churchy Pentecostal girl who was raised to believe that the Jews were God's chosen people, and was eager to make the connection. And where do you think those full lips, and those springy curls come from?From us, that's who.'Grateful that somebody supported me for draggin' this wagon, I didn't protest. Indeed, my butt has been a cultural ambassador, a passport to insta-credibility in many a multiracial setting. In an age when race can still be the elephant that nobody mentions, people quietly size each other up for nonverbal cues of who's Us and who's Them.