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Doco sets out bottom line on history

PARIS: France’s obsession with the bottom is laid bare this week in a documentary and book charting how ”les fesses” have shaped history.The highbrow study claims to demonstrate the huge contribution the derriere has made to civilisation, mixing the views of top psychoanalysts, philosophers, scientists and artists.The role of ”les fesses” in human evolution has been overlooked, say the experts, who say they have been prominent at every turning point in society and art history – from the ancient Greeks to Grace Jones.”They are ever-present in daily life and yet they have never been considered a serious subject of study in their own right,” say the authors of La Face Cachee Des Fesses (The Hidden Side Of The Bottom). ”They speak of the foundations of our society – in the literal and metaphorical sense – of its taboos and desires. When we talk about ‘les fesses’, we’re talking about ourselves.”The film says that without our gluteus maximus, humans would never have come down from the trees.Claudine Cohen, science historian at the Higher School of Social Sciences in Paris, said: ”The gluteal muscles are unique to humans. [Their] size and strength developed to fulfil an essential human need, erect posture and walking.”The importance of this change escaped Darwin’s notice in his theory on human evolution. He made no mention of the fact that once humans gave up moving on all fours, males no longer knew when a female was fertile. This led to the rise of breasts and buttocks and the art of seduction.”We have a special relationship with this party of the body,” said Allan Rothschild, whoco-directed the documentary on the subject.Rothschild said that the French were more obsessed than ever with the behind. ”They are on billboards, in pharmacy windows everywhere.”But he regretted recent changes in French tastes. ”Only a few years ago, large ones were in fashion. Now they must be small, almost androgynous; there’s almost no difference between male and female. It’s rather a shame.”Telegraph, London
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