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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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  • Please, please... (Score:2, Informative)

    by newcastlejon ( 1483695 ) on Tuesday June 30, 2009 @01:05AM (#28524455)
    At least call them arses. You say butt over here and you'll just get laughed at (fanny will get you an altogether different response)
  • Exchange Rate (Score:1, Informative)

    by nixish ( 1390127 ) on Tuesday June 30, 2009 @01:16AM (#28524533)
    As of June 29, 1GBP = 1.67USD which makes it 33,400 USD. For those who missed that pound sign and keep referring to the amount as 20K dollars.
  • by Kupfernigk ( 1190345 ) on Tuesday June 30, 2009 @03:53AM (#28525329)
    • Butt - a garden water container
    • Bottom - the polite word for the buttocks
    • Front bottom - the excruciatingly twee expression for the female pubic region. Lower middle class and evangelical Christians only.
    • Bum - depending on context, the buttocks, anal region or pubic region.
    • Arse - ambiguous: can mean either the buttocks, the anal region or the rectum. Best avoided by foreigners
    • Fanny - ambiguous, can mean either the buttocks or the female sexual apparatus depending on context. Always has a sexual connotation, though.
    • C**t - ambiguous, can mean either the female sexual apparatus or someone you disapprove of. Not safe for foreigners.
    • Quant, quaint or queynt - old English word meaning female pubic region. Also used in hedge funds as a swear word.

    The British, by the way, imagine Japanese to be a language full of double meanings and potential minefields.

  • by jabithew ( 1340853 ) on Tuesday June 30, 2009 @04:17AM (#28525439)

    A couple of modifications;

    I've never heard fanny mean arse over here (SE England/London).
    I have heard bum to mean a person who is a waste of space as well.
    Also have heard arse to mean someone disapproved of.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 30, 2009 @05:31AM (#28525775)

    Yeeeeah..... one of the greatest episodes of Mythbusters.....

    0m 19sec....

  • Re:what?!? (Score:2, Informative)

    by laejoh ( 648921 ) on Tuesday June 30, 2009 @06:39AM (#28526043)
    Never heard of a boy named Sue? I tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named "Sue."
  • by pandrijeczko ( 588093 ) on Tuesday June 30, 2009 @08:30AM (#28526663)

    For those non-British residents amongst you, "The Sun" is an utter rag of a newspaper that uses any excuse to print parts of the female anatomy for the sake of an article - Page 3 of the paper daily has a topless model.

    I'm a lover of the female anatomy as much as any other red-blooded male, but ignore anything published in it or anything else owned by Rupert Murdoch.

    I would not even wipe my backside on it following a visit to the toilet, just in case I caught something from it.

  • Re:I've got a theory (Score:4, Informative)

    by Just Some Guy ( 3352 ) <> on Tuesday June 30, 2009 @09:46AM (#28527537) Homepage Journal

    I don't know, but I've been told: it's big-legged women who are soulless.

  • Re:I've got a theory (Score:4, Informative)

    by Tom ( 822 ) on Tuesday June 30, 2009 @11:12AM (#28528737) Homepage Journal

    Remember when Columbus set sail? He knew, setting out, that he could reach India if he sailed west. He just didn't realise there was another continent in the way.

    For one, that was fairly late, past the dark ages. Two, there was still a vocal minority (end of the 15th century!) that claimed he'd fall off the edge. Lately, the division of the world between Spain and Portugal that was made by the pope only works on the assumption of a flat earth, if you care to check it out. On a spherical world, you need two border lines, not one.

    Nobody (in the Christian west, at least) ever believed women have no souls. We're talking about a time when people practically worshipped the Virgin Mary. She was a woman, remember?

    Yes, as the vessel of the birth, not as herself. You can do the research yourself, I assure you the topic was under hot discussion by the so-called "intelligentia" of the time (aka priests).

    Nobody but children ever believed that heaven was just above the clouds.

    Weird, we have a lot of pictures that speak a different language, and art history experts say they weren't meant metaphorical in the sense we understand today.

Science may someday discover what faith has always known.