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Artist Wins £20,000 Grant To Study Women's Butts 202

Sue Williams has been awarded a £20,000 grant by the Arts Council of Wales, to "explore cultural attitudes towards female buttocks." Sue plans to examine racial attitudes towards bottoms in Europe and Africa and create plaster casts of women's behinds to try to understand their place in contemporary culture. And here I've been studying the issue all these years for free like a sucker!


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Artist Wins £20,000 Grant To Study Women's Butts

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  • what?!? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by overcaffein8d (1101951) <d,cohen09&gmail,com> on Tuesday June 30, 2009 @12:25AM (#28524183) Homepage Journal

    it's not even a male artist?

  • Re:Sir Begs-A-Lot (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 30, 2009 @12:43AM (#28524305)
  • Kari Byron's debut (Score:4, Insightful)

    by spaceyhackerlady (462530) on Tuesday June 30, 2009 @12:52AM (#28524377)

    Remember Kari Byron's debut on Mythbusters?

  • Re:Sir Begs-A-Lot (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Philip K Dickhead (906971) <> on Tuesday June 30, 2009 @01:07AM (#28524469) Journal

    Oh, look! The story's in The Sun.

    Did they print 'er on Page 3?

  • by jonaskoelker (922170) <jonaskoelker&gnu,org> on Tuesday June 30, 2009 @06:11AM (#28525933) Homepage

    Women with larger breasts *and* the nicest butts have boyfriends.

    There's the real problem :(

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 30, 2009 @06:15AM (#28525951)


  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 30, 2009 @06:27AM (#28526003)

    Remember, it's an arts council grant. That means that no conclusions will ever come from it and any written text which results will be pure twaddle.

    You have to remember that artists - who, these days, basically have few if any skills - make extensive use of pseudo scientific terms to justify their nonsense. Usually there is no justification beyond self indulgence and a desire to avoid real work.

    So hate me. Someone had to say it.

  • by hey! (33014) on Tuesday June 30, 2009 @07:28AM (#28526287) Homepage Journal

    Remember when you were a kid? I bet you'd have loved to go to computer camp. Now that you work in computers, you'd never go to computer camp on your vacation; you'd go to a resort that gives you opportunities to go outside and play.

    I've been on a couple of paleontology digs. It's really cool hauling sacks of dirt for a few days, tolerable for a few weeks. Other tasks have different charm half-lives. Hiking through the badlands prospecting for bones that have washed out is probably has the longest appeal; I could spend months doing that. My job required doing this for a couple of weeks, but if I had to spend all summer at it, I'd probably be looking forward to riding the subway and getting a latte at Starbucks when I got back.

    If your job was looking at asses all day long, I bet you'd want to spend your vacation in a monastery.

  • If your job was looking at asses all day long, I bet you'd want to spend your vacation in a monastery.

    I have to disagree. I understand your general point, but we're talking about getting paid to stare at butts. You know, butts! Those things we'd stare at 24/7 if we didn't have to take a break to eat! I've gotten tired of sports, of programming, and of listening to music, but never in my life have I thought, "you know, I've seen too many butts today." I'm not even sure if that's correct grammar because my brain has trouble parsing it. Forget the sound of one hand clapping. How many butts are too many? The question is meaningless!

  • by argStyopa (232550) on Tuesday June 30, 2009 @10:17AM (#28527903) Journal

    "I am among a very secret an tightly knit circle of experts. Currently 3 x 10^9 members pertain to this club. We recognize each other by a prurient grin on our faces."

    Its one of the things that lets me remain optimistic that there is indeed, still hope in our world.

    No matter how politically correct the world gets, no matter how relentless the indoctrination of gender respect and overall metrosexualization of our culture are ultimately men.

    In any context, from the most blue-collar industrial zone to the rarefied heights of government, academia, or business - if a woman with a sweet ass walks past, and they think that they can 'get away with it', the slightest glance plus a faint smirk or barely raised eyebrow will IMMEDIATELY join those men in a brief fraternity of appreciation. Politics, culture, language, economics, social class - any differences instantly disappear as they look at each other and all share a moment of joy.

    Really, that makes me happy.

A freelance is one who gets paid by the word -- per piece or perhaps. -- Robert Benchley