A Butt Made of Fix-a-Flat? What Would The Hottentot Venus Say?
When abolitionists of the time attempted to rescue her from her situation, Baartman, who was most certainly under pressure from her captors, claimed that she was willingly putting herself out there. And, it was all good because she was, unlike other slaves, getting paid.
Fast forward to the present:
The pursuit of an ass that can be tooted to the sky for attention has gotten so out of control that we have Oneal Ron Morris--a transsexual man who clearly has had some "help" distorting his own rear--posing as a back-alley doctor and injecting cement, Fix-a-Flat, mineral oil and super glue into another woman's booty. And this other woman paid Morris $700 to do it.
Now Morris is in jail, the woman developed a slew of medical problems, and Saarjite Baartman--who became an alcoholic and died after five long years of 19th century backshots--is surely turning in her grave.
I imagine Baartman would tell these ladies that the check--and the attention--isn't worth the physical or emotional pain. We are more than our asses. Too bad we've been trained well over the centuries to think otherwise.