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Butts: A Backstory

by Heather Radke Author

Butts, butts, butts. Whatever you think of them, there's no doubt that humans have a rather strange relationship with our posteriors. Sex, desire, shame, humor, and more are all wrapped up in this one part of the body, and especially so for women. Subject to an endless stream of objectification and assessment, women's butts have become a cultural obsession. In this fascinating read, reporter and essayist Heather Radke sets out to understand why we have such a relentless focus on our rears. Radke's investigation spans two centuries and unearths strange truths about the human condition. From Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" to the fitness gurus who created the phrase "Buns of Steel," Butts: A Backstory is an at times irreverent and at times deeply serious look at the ways our culture idolizes, envies, abhors, and adores butts.