Friday, February 17, 2012
Buttock Theory of Personality
Always tempting to enter that area of thinking that ascribes character to the shape of a person's bottom, and I say this as one rendered ashen by a recent encounter with a bathroom mirror. Of course the buttock theory of personality certainly falls into that large category of pseudo-science and I am certain there are fat bottomed boys who are also perfectly nice. But in the political sphere, I believe bottoms are a fair enough expression of what a person is, rather than what he means to be.
I would argue for example, that George Will has what I would call a weasel bottom when put beside for example Newt Gingrich's bottom. Both of course would have been well powdered when young, and probably told how perfectly adorable they were. But it's too simplistic an understanding of the buttock theory, to claim that shape of bottom dictates political affiliation. Rather the bottom reflects a conglomerate of impression and is as good a way as any of choosing leaders.