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To the Editor:—
This is a rebuttal to a "special" yet not very special contribution, originally called "The Buttocks and Natural Selection" (198:51, 1966), in which may be discovered some scientific validities: "The projection called the buttocks or rump, in man, is largely due to... the gluteus maximus." (Astounding!) "Monkeys sleep in trees." (Possibly to avoid articles such as this.) Additionally I learned that monkeys and apes (and perhaps psychologists) develop ischial callosities from doing a great deal of sleeping in the sitting posture.The most discouraging finding was that, after more than four attentive decades, the buttocks are unimportant in sexual selection. This will rip the bottom out of the stretch pants business. The asexual nature of the derrière is confirmed by "most authorities." Of the authorities cited, one (or 50%) is the author himself.As in all good fiction the suspense builds up to a climax in
Smith JA. The Buttocks and Unnatural Selection. JAMA. 1967;199(1):47. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120010091031