Bring on the Bootay!

Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Beyonce. Know where I’m going with this? That’s right – these ladies have got some serious booty going on. Beautiful, sexy, with curves in all the right places, I wonder if they ever ask, “Does my butt look big in this?”

These famous women are known for more than their derrieres, but Google each of them and see if you don’t find multiple articles or comments about their fabulous behinds. If these celebrities get so much positive attention about their ample rear ends, why is it that many women still struggle with the size of their butt?

Ask any man which body parts he loves on a woman and I guarantee that the behind is among the top three. All you need to do is watch a man check out a woman as she walks by and see where his eyes go as she walks away. According to some men, no one likes a bony butt.

So why are some of us women so obsessed? Take me for example. Last summer I took a couple of months off from the gym and refrained from doing anything that resembled exercise. As a result, I noticed that my pants were a little looser in the rump.

When I got back to it, after a few weeks of squats, lunges and regular lower body workouts, those loose sections were loose no more. Of course, panic and obsession set in. Again.

It didn’t take me long to realize that the looseness in my pants was my a$$ starting to sag to the back of my knees and the workouts in the gym were lifting it back up again. You’d think that common sense would prevail and say, “Oh yeah – perky butt here we come.” But in my head all I could hear was, “Holy Hannah, it’s growing.”

It’s like I have this deep-seated sense of terror of my butt getting bigger and I’m not sure why. It seems to me that according to the guys, a generous booty is a good thing. And whether or not it’s some unconscious sign of fertility or the fact that they like to have more to grab onto, a fuller tush is more than okay.

So how about it ladies? Those of you obsessed with the size of your derriere – how about we start welcoming the junk in our trunk? How about embracing the ampleness of our behinds and appreciating the space it takes?

I’ve decided I’m going to continue my workouts and enjoy the fact that my butt hasn’t reached my calves and give thanks to the padding it provides when I sit down. I am personally going to bring on the bootay. Anyone with me?