Ancient carvings depicting the female form 15,000 years ago reveal that prehistoric women were revered for their curvaceous bodies and prominent buttocks…
Historians claim that the carvings – found at a site in Poland – reveal how curvy bottoms were regarded as the most attractive physical trait for women in Stone Age Europe…
Experts said a well-presented bottom was a sign of wealth, health and a good diet.
They also suggested she would be a successful mother, able to produce lots of children and sent out a message to other men that her partner was a strong and successful hunter – making him more attractive to other women.
Presumably the rapid (d)evolution towards slimmer forms is explained in terms of civilization = more food = less prestige for women with access to food + more concerns about curvy figures signalling bad health (i.e., obesity). Good news, though: if the global warming crowd is right, things should start breaking back in favor of the zaftig by around 2080.
As for the cavemen, tastes may change but objectification stays heart-achingly the same:
The flat carvings were fashioned out of flint, bone, ivory and tooth.
They depict the profile of women minus their heads – strongly suggesting that cavemen were more interested in the shape of the body than the way a female looked.
question tangent: I’ve got nowhere else to put this, so here you go. Despair.