The Butt... A weapon of mass destruction

2014-11-11 21:28

Earlier this year, the social media went rampant over a picturesque of some well known celebrity, (Boity Thulo, to be specific), after she portrayed her “behinds” on Marie Claire's 2014 Naked issue... for a good cause, I’m told.

Yes, you read it right! The butt! The arse! The bum! The buttocks! Pakistan! The African Trade Mark (ATM).

Almost every single man had something to say about this butt. Well, not really single men... most men, I meant to say. Actually, even some ladies couldn’t help, but to comment about it.

This picturesque grabbed such an attention to an extend that somebody even reckoned that taxi drivers should not view this picture while driving, for the safety of the commuters.


Recently, a well-known SABC2 soapie, Muvhango, has introduced an actress by the name of Buhle Samuels, who plays the character of Matshidiso. Based on the news feed from my Facebook timeline, I'm tempted to believe that the male viewership of this soapie has sky-rocketed considerably ever since.

Her posterior protrusion has saturated the Facebook and Twitter statuses of many men. In fact, some men who don't even follow the storyline of this soapie do watch it... for the view of Matshidiso's derrière. This proved to me how poorly informed I am about the significance of this anatomical structure.

Being much inquisitive, I quickly revisited my Anatomy and Physiology literature, to try and learn a bit more about this strange anatomical structure… the butt! Surely there was something I really missed during those lectures back in medical school.

Believe you me, I was very disappointed, I must say. I really expected a lot of information that has to do with men, or something in those lines. But no, my Anatomy books described the buttocks as "the two rounded portions of the human being, located on the posterior of the pelvic region" is referred to as the gluteus, and for the bigger bigger ones, gluteus Maximus (the butt muscles).

And Physiology literature explain the function of the buttocks as "to enable weight to be taken off the feet while sitting."... Sitting? Really? Just sitting? Just like that? Unbelievable!

Well, my former school teachers and their old colleagues would differ with my books, as they’ve known for decades that the buttocks are a safe target for corporal punishment. They whipped the hell out of us.

Some of my nursing and doctor friends had a different explanation for appreciating the view of Matshidiso's behind… they say as much as they’d appreciate somebody with visibly prominent veins (for the insertion of the drip), they also have to acknowledge these women's derrière. They say it gives a better grip and grasp when injecting some medication. It makes their work easier.

Being that as it may, I'd rather stick to my physiology lectures... “marago ke a go dula, hle bathong” (the butt is for sitting)... However, the ass being the ass, Social media tempt me to call it a "weapon of mass destruction".

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