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I Like Big Grants and I Cannot Lie…

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Sir Mix-A-Lot, there may yet be hope for you — and, indeed, all those who share your particular anatomical interests. And by hope, I mean public grants. According to The Sun:

Sue Williams was given the cash to "explore cultural attitudes towards female buttocks". She will create plaster cast moulds of women's behinds to try to understand their place in contemporary culture. Swansea-based Mrs Williams, 53, will also examine different racial attitudes towards bums in Europe and Africa. She said: "The project is taking on the issues around the bottom."

Emma Geliot from the Arts Council of Wales, which awarded the grant, said: "This produces a tee-hee response but there is a serious point."

No really, it's serious!

Call me, um, an ass, but isn't a little tee-hee in order?

Reason previously looked at problems with public grants here and here.

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  1. Fat bottomed girls
    You make the rockin world go round

    I personally prefer the marginally more subtle Queen to Sir Mix-A-Lot.

  2. LA Face with the Oakland booty, yeah! Yeah! LOL

  3. As long as it doesn’t drive inflation, I don’t see a problem with this project.

  4. Finally, tax money being spent on something worthwhile!

  5. C’mon, Sug. Obviously the findings will be that anyone who doesn’t favor maximum junk in the trunk is teh racist/misogynist.

  6. You uncultured boobs. Don’t you know it’s not really considered Art unless someone has to explain it to you?

    (Sorry for the gratuitous boob reference… No I’m not.)

  7. I’m just mad I didn’t think of it first.

  8. I hope Obama is paying attention. We can’t let some pasty Brits get ahead of us in badonkadonk research!

  9. Xeones,

    One minor note: It’s not tax money. It’s funded through the National Lottery rather than taxes. Still, it’s an unusually awesome example of the absurdity of public arts grants.

  10. It’s funded through the National Lottery rather than taxes.

    This actually makes it more awesome, and leaves Britain looking even better by comparison to America. I mean, here in Virginia, what does the state spend lottery money on? Public schools. And, Warty’s continued liberty aside, you generally can’t research badonkadonks there without getting put on a list.

  11. What, no stimulus jokes?

  12. you generally can’t research badonkadonks there without getting put on a list.

    Night vision goggles and ghillie suits, dude.

  13. One minor note: It’s not tax money. It’s funded through the National Lottery rather than taxes.

    If the National Lottery isn’t a tax, what is it? Fees for the licensing of a government monopoly? Given the fungibility of money, that’s an awfully fine distinction.

  14. Done before, better, and w/o gov’t assistance by the Plaster Casters.

  15. My dad always told me that the lottery was just a tax on people who are bad at math.

  16. Done before, better, and w/o gov’t assistance by the Plaster Casters.

    Maybe you prefer plaster molds of rock star cocks, but I’ll take women’s asses any day.

    Now, are there any grants open for molding tits?

  17. not grant funded AFAIK, but one of my favorite all-time journal articles published by one of the profs at my masters-granting institution was approximately titled “A feminist’s reaction to observing female strippers”.

    I think I’ll try to publish “The male gaze: my reaction to observing strippers”

    Abstract

    Turgidity was measured as a response variable to the attractiveness and licentiousness of a random selection of strippers…

  18. since nobody else said it…

    “Now thats stimulus I can get behind!!!”

  19. Shit, TIO, that one’s even better than my enviro-feminist (her words, not mine) prof. decrying the “male gaze” of satellites. No fucking joke. Now objects orbiting the earth are sexist.

  20. Now objects orbiting the earth are sexist.

    They objectify underage trees and the gentle lesbian swell of the ocean.

  21. Gaia’s definitely got some lovely lady lumps… Hey! Quit raping me with your gaze!

  22. Of all the things stolen money can be used for this is one of the least obnoxious. Of course it is still stolen money.

  23. Allow me to second Xeones and say that we cannot allow a badonkadonk gap.

  24. Emma Geliot is a retarded cunt. Seriously.

  25. You other scientists can’t deny
    That when a ‘crat walks in with a briefcase
    Waving greenbacks in your face
    You get sprung, wanna fill out your buff’
    ‘Cause you notice that briefcase was stuffed

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