they see fit. No man can tell a woman how to dress.
and how have women been celebrating this fact?
The famous ones have been parading around with
out their underoos. their boobs have been popping
out. Not strippers. Actresses and "musicians".
Their parading has caused some new words to
be created. sideboob, underbutt, camel toe. Science
And I thought Pussy Riot was pushing the
checkit: The Guardian
From underboob to bum slip: the new female body parts
A guide to the body parts you didn't even know you had – all of which are the subject of fevered online debate
Monday 11 November 2013 13.05 GMT
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The Venus de Milo rocking bum cleavage
The Venus de Milo rocking butt cleavage. Photograph: Jean-Erick Pasquier/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Who would have thought that despite the long history of the study of human anatomy, new body parts are still being discovered every year? In medical schools around the world, students are being given printouts from the Daily Mail's sidebar of shame so that they can correctly identify parts such as the "side bum" – a glaring omission from anatomy textbooks. Here, then, is a handy guide to the bits you didn't even know you had.
Of course, 2012 will be forever remembered as the sideboob's zenith (the year the Huffington Post launched their dedicated sideboob page), but it is still going strong. The origins of the sideboob – the area between armpit and ribcage – are not officially recorded, but it is thought to date back as far as 2005 to an episode of Family Guy, with Peter Griffin presenting his Sideboob Hour: "A wonderful look back on all the partial nudity network television used to offer." Since then, countless female celebrities have been accused of "flaunting" (I believe this is the phrase) a sideboob. In an attempt to take the sideboob seriously, last year the Huffington Post asked if it was "the endgame of feminism". But no, it's mainly just for internet pervs.
The bottom part of the breasts, exposed by an ill-fitting top – perhaps a jumper that looks like it has been unravelled from the bottom up. According to Urban Dictionary, there is even such a thing as an "underboob shirt", though I don't think they're stocked by M&S. The underboob is not exactly new – think of those cliched 1980s shots of women in chilly crop tops – but it is enjoying a renaissance. The Mail has, this year alone, written 12 stories about celebrities' underboobs, which is starting to look like a fixation – at least once describing it as "serious underboob" (Miley Cyrus), underlining the gravitas of this hitherto unconsidered body part. Fevered debate is had online about sideboob v underboob – think of it as 2013's contribution to the great battles of history. A cursory glance around the internet reveals underboob might be winning.
Also known as dimples of Venus, these are the little indentations some people have either side of their lower back (they're genetic). Still very much a niche fascination that is bubbling under on Tumblr blogs at the moment, there has yet to be a celebrity back dimple explosion. It will come.
"Side butt is the new side boob," proclaimed New York magazine earlier this year, using an array of pictures of celebrities, including Kate Winslet and Jennifer Lopez, to prove it, all wearing dresses with transparent panels to display varying amounts of flesh between the top of the (side) thigh and hip, and around to the buttocks. Then last week, Gwyneth Paltrow appeared on the front page of the Sun wearing a long white dress that exposed said area and was crowned "Gwyn the side bum queen", surely her biggest achievement since winning an Oscar. It's a look that announces: I am not wearing any pants and I don't care.
It's as if a cabal of misogynists got together and said: "We've done bingo wings, we've done cankles; really, what's left in our ongoing attempt to make women hate their bodies?" And then they came up with thigh gap, the part of the body that nobody had ever thought about before, except maybe marathon runners caught out by surprise chafing. And yet a deranged idea has apparently become the new obsession: that when you stand with your feet together, there should be a visible gap where your upper inner thighs do not meet.
Alarming news, again from the Mail, where it predicts the "side boob's days could be numbered" in favour of the "bum slip". The bum slip is, apparently, the fleshy underside of the buttock cheeks, made visible when wearing very short shorts (Miley Cyrus), or a kind of leotard (Kate Moss). It is also known as "underbutt". "Although the bum slip hasn't been doing the rounds for long," writes the Mail, bringing to mind a kind of giant arse with its own PR team, "it has made more regular appearances on stage."
You know it already as the "builder's bum", but now, thanks to Heidi Klum among others, the exposed arse crack has been legitimised as fashionable. At last, a body trend everybody – man and woman – can join in with.