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The problem with being tall, male, and black
Numerous studies have shown that a huge of African men prefer curvaceous women. It is a predicament that a lot of women in Africa and abroad, especially the lean ones, have to contend with almost on a daily basis.
It becomes even more absurd when you listen to some of the reasons given in an attempt to justify the obsession. As an African man myself, I have to admit that I have been in this situation numerous times. There is just something about curvy women that makes it difficult not to turn your head when they walk by.
In the African setting, where drought and famine are quite common, a lot of regard is given to people with big bodies since they are considered healthy and wealthy. As for curvy women, their fuller body shapes are seen as a of improved health and fertility. Some men believe that a curvaceous woman has a better chance of bearing healthy children.
This notion seems to have stemmed from the traditional African belief that wide hips and big boobs are primary indicators of fertility in a woman. Another lot of African men argue that curvy females are attractive and striking. Others say women with well-defined bodies are more feminine, younger and softer.
To some men, dating a skinny woman is like having a relationship with a fellow dude. Fleshy women also look smooth and young.
Well defined curves on a woman are viewed with a more mature and motherly look, especially in the African setting. Others see them as weak and incapable of bearing strong and healthy children.
This group of men does not believe skinny women are strong enough to take care of children. Traditionally, African women used to do most of the domestic chores, including fetching firewood, tilling land and other demanding tasks.
Women, especially brides-to-be, were expected to be strong and hard working. Many young African men still use this disposition as a benchmark for finding the right woman. Growing up in a society that glorifies big-bodied individuals, 99 percent of African men have been programmed to desire big physiques, more so when it comes to finding the perfect soul mate.
The media is also largely to blame for the obsession.
Nowadays, most TV commercials and music videos, especially those targeting the black community, use curvaceous models as the latest fashion, which further feeds into the obsession. Even so, it is important to point out that not all African men are obsessed with big-boned women.
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A ificant of them are quite content with lean, athletic figures. But it is definitely impossible to imagine a world where African men are not crazy about their curvy women.
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