What explains the rise of the rump? Is it an of-the-moment fixation brought on by celebrities who've got buns? Or is it more deep-seated, our desire for deep seats? Has humankind—or mankind, specifically—always preferred girls with cheeks? And if so, why?
Some men have trouble putting words to this predilection, as I learned when I conducted an unscientific survey of three straight males I know.
One could not lie: He liked big butts.
“Why though?” I pressed.
“It’s like ... butt, but more butt,” he answered, suggesting that studies based on the behaviors of cavemen are applicable today, after all.
Another brother similarly could not deny: “A healthy, toned butt is great.”
The last interviewee was made visibly uncomfortable by the question.
“I don’t objectify women!” he prefaced. But then he quietly admitted that, if all the world’s behinds were lined up end to end, so to speak, he would likely gravitate toward the more voluptuous half.
On reflection, he added, “I think I’m more drawn to curve than size.”
He might be on to something. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin recently found in a study that men are, in fact, all about that bass. Or at least, a specific kind of spinal curvature that creates the illusion of bass. That is to say, if we were talking about actual bass rather than butts, men would be equally appreciative of the earthy growl produced by a synthesizer as they would one that's emitted by a Rickenbacker 4003.