No two butts are created equal, and if you’ve ever looked around at the variety of bottoms are out there, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that there is such a thing as different butt shapes.

Knowing which butt shape you have can be important because you may not have the butt that you want right now.

Knowing where you stand right now, and comparing this to where you want to be, is critical when it comes to setting goals and developing a plan to achieve them. Creating your best butt ever is no different, so let’s get educated!

Butts – they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes!

What Causes the Different Types of Butt Shapes?

Your skeletal structure determines the main framework for your body shape, and the overall shape that you end up with is determined by the distribution of fat and muscle on top of your skeleton. For the butt, the main factor which causes the particular shape of the buttocks is your pelvis, followed by your fat distribution which is largely genetically determined.

female pelvis and buttocks

In general, for most people who do not do specific glute training, muscle does not contribute a lot to butt shape as the glutes are generally underdeveloped in most people.

Females and males obviously have very different butt shapes, but this article will focus mainly on the different types of female butt shapes.

Where Do ‘Butt Shape’ Categories Come From Anyway?

Just so you know, no, I’m not making these things up! The whole categorization of something as obscure as butt shapes seem to originally come from the cosmetic surgery field.

Cosmetic surgeons dealing with procedures like buttocks augmentation, liposuction and the like ended up categorizing most women into one of these 4 main butt shape categories.

That’s not to say that there aren’t more types/categories, but these are the ones that seem to be most widely recognized.

Some say there are additional shapes, but sometimes it’s best just to keep things simple, so we’ll cover the main 4 in this article.

What are the Different Types of Butt Shapes for Women?

Most plastic surgeons recognize four main shapes when it comes to the female derriere:

  • Square – “H” shape
  • Round – “C” or “O” shape
  • Heart/pear – “A” shape
  • Inverted – “V” shape

What butt shape are you

Picking Your Butt Shape

With reference to the pictures above, you should be able to pick out one of the butt shapes that resembles your own. Don’t be too concerned if none of these matches the way your butt looks exactly – they are meant to be used as a guide only and the sheer amount of variation in the human body means that not everyone will fit into predefined categories.

The Square “H” Shape

This particular shape is caused by either higher more prominent hip bones (you may even have hip dips), or a distribution of fat in the ‘love handle’ area. The overall effect is that the butt looks square shaped and is closer to appearing as a straight up-and-down right below your waist, rather than tapering to the waist with a smooth curve.

So let’s see what this looks like in pictures…

The H-shaped butt below is due to bone structure of the pelvis and femur (thigh bones):

Classsic H-shape, due to a little bit of fat distribution in the ‘love handle’ area – with some hip dip:

Another H-shaped butt, again due to a wider pelvis which means the waist doesn’t taper towards the butt as smoothly:

You can see why these kind of butts are likened to a square shape:

The Round “C” or “O” Shape

Commonly referred to as bubble butts due to their round appearance, a round butt shape is characterized by a fat distribution around the cheeks of the butt –  including the upper portion of the cheeks, which causes a rounded effect when viewed from behind. This shape often sits high when viewed from the side, and is usually quite perky and full.

Let’s take a closer look at some C or O-shaped butts!

You should be able to see why they are called ‘bubble butts’ from this fine example:

Another perky bubble butt:

As you can see, O-shaped butts have a lot of volume in the cheeks and the sides of the butt:

The butt below could almost be a H-shape, but its got a lot of fullness in the cheeks and is perky, so I’m going to deem it a round O-shape!

The Heart/Pear “A” Shape

The heart or pear shape is generally considered to be the most feminine of the butt shapes, and is a result of fat distribution around lower portion of the butt and thighs. This results in a more tapered look from the waistline to the bottom of the butt (hence the “A” shape or ‘upside down heart’ description).

Fat storage around the butt and thighs in women is caused primarily by the hormone Estrogen. Unfortunately, Estrogen levels can decrease as we females age, which can lead to fat being stored around the abdomen and midsection instead of the butt.

Aging aside, let’s take a look at why this butt is very much admired…

Got curves? The owner of this heart-shaped butt does:

This round and bubbly butt could almost be an O-shape, but I think the waist tapers into the butt more like an A-shape, giving that classic heart shape:

Another A-shape; you can see how fat stored on the outer thighs just below the butt give an overall heart/pear shape here:

There’s not a lot of junk-in-the-trunk on the petite booty below, but it’s another classic A-shape:

And below we can see why many think this shape looks the most womanly!

Inverted “V” Shape

The V shape is more commonly seen in older women as lower estrogen levels result in the shift of fat storage from the butt to the midsection. This can result in an inverted shape where the base of the butt is less full than the top of the butt. Perhaps because of this, this butt shape is also associated with sagging.

Let’s see some examples…

There’s not a lot of volume at the bottom of the butt in this V-shape:

The inverted shape or V-shape butt has a lack of volume in the outside part of the lower butt cheeks:

This butt looks like a subtle V-shape to me, though it’s a bit hard to say because the hands are in the way:

The booty below could almost be a H-shape, but the lack of volume in the lower half of the butt cheeks makes me think it’s closer to an inverted V:

What are the Different Types of Butt Shapes for Men?

Sorry guys, but the area of men’s butt shapes seems to be very much behind (no pun intended) when compared to how much information there is on women’s butts.

As such, there don’t seem to be categories for men’s butt shapes like there are for women’s – not that I’ve come across yet anyway.

Men’s butts are inherently different to women’s – due to a whole host of reasons (skeletal frame, muscles, fat distribution), you don’t typically find a guy’s butt that is shaped like women’s.

Male butts tend to have a more ‘capsicum’ shape to them and are typically lacking in volume, but I have also noticed more fatty/rounded ones out there.

Until later, that’s all I can expand in this area, but I’ll be updating this article soon with some more info for the guys!

I’ve Determined Which Butt Shape Type I have. Now What?

Presumably, everyone wants a better-looking butt (if that’s not true for you, what are you doing on this site?)

You generally have two three routes you can take here if you want to optimize the way your butt looks:

  1. Put in the work to improve your butt through exercise and nutrition
  2. Give the illusion of a better butt through better clothing choices
  3. Get butt surgery

This site was created to help you primarily with options 1 and 2 above, not so much number 3 (which in my opinion should be treated as an absolute last resort). You would be surprised at how much change you may be able to create with some lifestyle changes – and the bonus is that good nutrition and exercise will improve your overall health and usually quality of life too!

Now that you know your butt shape, you’re in a better position to start creating the changes you want to your butt. Check out how to shape your butt to determine what you can do to create a better shape for your butt, as well as the best butt exercises you should be doing for your butt type in order to create a more rounded, visually pleasing shape. Or, try something like the Brazil Butt Lift program to get a more lifted and generally all-round (pun intended) nicer butt!

By performing the right kind of exercises, you can improve the shape of your butt. The good news is it’s hard to go wrong here – in general most butt exercises will have a good effect on the aesthetics of your butt.

This list of home workouts for the glutes is a great way to get started. There is no shortage of exercise programs for the butt out there, but if you do have particular kinds of goals or are hoping to accentuate some areas more than others, then it’s possible that some  exercises may be more suited for your goals when it comes to boosting up your rear.

After a Quick Fix for your Butt Shape?

Not keen on sweating it out over weeks or months to try and build up your butt, and after an instant fix instead? No problem, there are products out there for you!

While I am more about butt-building exercise as a quality, natural and permanent solution for improving butt shape, I understand that it may not be for everyone (though I sure will try my hardest to convince you!).

Recent butt-trends (yes, I recently discovered this is a thing) have been all about getting a bigger booty/peach, but it may be possible that since 2018 the big butt trend is starting to lose steam.

I’m still one to advocate having a nice juicy booty, so if you are wanting to boost your butt then here are some options:

There are specialty undergarments out there which can make your butt look great – check out these padded panties for women or padded underwear (for the men), which will have your butt looking it’s finest the moment you pull a pair on. It might sound silly, but they actually do look pretty good on and it’s very easy to become a believer (lol).

Otherwise, did you know that you can get jeans which can make your butt look better?

There are also things like ‘magic leggings’ that can really flatter your butt. These types of clever garments are simply the best for flattering what you’ve got with little effort required.

 

Does your butt shape fall into the above categories, or did you have trouble classifying your butt type? Let me know how you went in the comments below.

Different Butt Shapes – And How to Determine Which One You Have
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227 thoughts on “Different Butt Shapes – And How to Determine Which One You Have

  • November 12, 2014 at 12:08 pm
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    And what about the guys?
    What are the different types of butt shapes for men?

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    • November 12, 2014 at 1:15 pm
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      Hey Asaf, I’ve been meaning to do a post on this in the future. There is not as much information out there on visual appearance of the butt for men, mostly because it’s not as popular for men to seek surgical measures to improve the appearance of their butts (though many do). I will keep you posted.

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      • March 11, 2016 at 3:10 pm
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        I love V shape ass

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        • March 12, 2016 at 11:05 am
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          Thanks so much for commenting this! Just goes to show to all the V-shape ladies out there that your butts are still greatly appreciated!!

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          • July 19, 2017 at 7:13 pm
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            Ladies*

          • July 27, 2017 at 8:36 am
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            Nooo.. I hate making grammar errors like this! *hangs head in shame*
            Thank you for the correction, I’ve fixed up the original now too 😛

          • August 21, 2017 at 8:08 am
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            Yeah whatever dumb bitch said that on v shape had curves is a psychopath or lying to herself because she realizes she is basically a boy lol.

        • July 24, 2016 at 3:55 am
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          I don’t know my butt shape. I think it’s a mix of inverted and round.

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          • September 20, 2017 at 3:10 am
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            Let me check

          • July 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm
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            Sounds like you have the inverted V but are trying to soften the blow with mixing Round in there. Not trying to be mean but my exe would do the same thing. She has the H shape. There is no mistaking it. But she liked to say hers was between H and heart shaped. Maybe she wanted to mix the two because of the H in both.

            Also I would comment on the general opinion that men like the big ass look. In many pictures I have seen and noticed on the street most of the big asses are not very attractive and I think they need to come equipped with a back-up warning flasher and a beeping noise if not a flagman to prevent anyone from getting sucked into the crack. Nightmares of a big ass over a period of time that has accumulated cellulite due to the extra amount of fat cells so as time goes by it looks like someone beat that ass with a bag full of loose nickels. Not a good sight unless you are making your approach with the lights off.

          • July 23, 2018 at 12:42 pm
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            Thanks for the male perspective newhon, it’s always interesting to hear a guy’s thoughts. Just goes to show that not everyone is after the big butt look.

            In my opinion, I feel like you can certainly get a mix of two shapes, but to be honest the whole shape classification system is just a guideline anyway. People shouldn’t be too worried about trying to figure out exactly what shape they are. H shapes are characterised more by being a bit ‘square’ but there are butts that also tend to round out at the bottom too (hence the mixed A/H shape classification). Classifying into shapes is very subjective and depends on who is doing the judging, something people should keep in mind!

          • May 25, 2021 at 5:25 am
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            My shape is like a H but the cheeks are like a round but the side is like an H

        • August 28, 2016 at 10:44 pm
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          I love the a shape

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          • July 13, 2021 at 3:07 pm
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            I fucking hate my life and body. Why the fuck would someone be built like me , it’s …. fuck. My… life . My ass , sorry butt , cause ass is a word reserved for girls who actually look good from behind. ANYWAYS, butt is dumb and I hate it with all my heart and everyone else’s miss fortunate enough t see it , structure-ley (is that a word?) my body makes no sense , I have stupid huge thys , seriously and then no fucking ass at all , WHAT THE FUCK ARE THE HUGE TREE TRUNKS THERE TO SPPORT? And to make everything soooo much better , my butt indents in such an ugly as fuck way on either side towards the bottom. If I had the willpower to do so I would kill myself before passing on any hereditary deformity. But nooo . I am too weak

          • July 15, 2021 at 10:30 am
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            Hey there, some days you just need to have a good vent hey? I used to talk this way about my body too, so I totally get it. But reading your comment made me realize how much I’ve changed from that toxic place (and I hope that you can too!). I’ll tell you what helped me – not that my body changed, but my perception changed. Some things you can’t change – but the one thing you have complete control over is the way you think about things. I know this is probably going to sound like a cop-out, but it’s actually easier said than done, so I challenge you to try it. What you focus on, you magnify. So instead of focusing on how your legs and butt maybe don’t look the way you think they should, try appreciating them for doing what they do. I bet they benefit you in way more ways than you think – walking, moving, running. Don’t take these functions for granted! I bet a person who hasn’t got the ability to do these things would absolutely kill to have your legs and functioning body. Try to focus on that rather than the things you don’t like, and little by little I hope you’ll find your perception and feelings will change for the better. Of course that’s not to say you can’t try blasting your ass with some killer butt exercises in the mean time too!! Lots of love, Jolie xx

          • November 16, 2021 at 5:23 am
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            I’m reallly self conscious a bought my butt shape and I think it’s like a pear ish shape but it’s really small idk every guy just wants big butts and I don’t have a big enuff one. It really eats at my self confidence nearly every day

          • November 18, 2021 at 11:21 am
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            Hi Kya, sucks to hear you’re not feeling confident on account of your butt. I have got to tell you though, in my experience not every guy likes big butts (though that can seem like the case if you’re looking for confirmation of that) – there are definitely guys out there that prefer small butts, and all kinds of different shapes too, some find hip dips sexy too (that definitely blew my mind because I’ve always thought my hip dips were unattractive)!!
            I hope you can find some info on this site to try and make the changes you’d like to see in your butt – for example, you may be able to boost your butt size by putting on more muscle in your glute area. But, ultimately that shouldn’t be a prerequisite for liking yourself or having good self confidence. Our aim at this site is to promote doing the best with what you’ve been blessed with, and then figuring out how to love and be grateful for that no matter what it looks like!

        • May 14, 2018 at 2:43 pm
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          Im married and have V ass

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          • June 29, 2020 at 10:28 pm
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            DIDNT ASK

        • August 11, 2018 at 1:08 pm
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          It’s not known 2 girls….But we know that gays r after girls gaand. …m I right….

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          • November 2, 2021 at 3:11 am
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            luvv, gay means they want guys.

        • December 27, 2019 at 11:31 pm
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          Love women’s butts more than chocolate. But a buttvis notva butt until it is a heart shape butt. Maybe that is why I love beaches, summers, jeans….. oh well.

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        • June 18, 2022 at 6:36 am
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          This is literally the first time in 32 of my life that I have seen any appreciation for my behind shape.
          Bless you kind stranger. You have instilled hope that someday I will find a partner that loves my butt. ? your kind words have truly made an impact today! Blessed be.

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        • August 23, 2022 at 1:22 am
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          I think I have an obese inverterd v

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      • April 12, 2016 at 8:23 am
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        Idk how to actually comment so I hit the reply button, on with my question. I have a bubble butt, and I want a more of a Heart shaped waist to go with it but I’m too skinny and have really small rectangle hips. ALL my fat seems to want to go to my legs and in my butt. How could I gain a little in my hips but still shape it? I know I’m confusing but I’m not too got with words. ?

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        • April 14, 2016 at 12:11 pm
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          Hey Tanzanite Angel, it’s a little difficult to understand exactly what shape you are starting with, but try checking out this post on glute anatomy and it might help you to see which muscles you should work on to improve your shape the way you want! I also have the same problem of fat going straight to my lower half, unfortunately sometimes you can’t fight genetics so you just have to do the best you can – I’d suggest trying out some of the butt exercises in this post and see how your body responds… good luck!

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          • February 3, 2017 at 6:36 am
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            I love heart shaped butt it turns me on

          • February 4, 2017 at 12:57 am
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            Hehe, and another vote goes to the heart shaped butts!

          • August 10, 2018 at 4:30 pm
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            Can i send you pic of my butt in your private email and you tell me what shape it is?lol

          • August 13, 2018 at 2:21 am
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            If you feel you need a second opinion, by all means haha!

        • December 30, 2017 at 10:55 am
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          I like to eat butt.

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      • March 5, 2017 at 7:58 pm
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        I don’t know how to comment so I just hit reply but I think I have a v shaped butt. My family always make fun that it looks like I’m sucking in a fart. My family have nice round heart shaped butts so it makes me very insecure. I’m a little overweight but I’ve been working ok that with some success. So I was wondering if there was any specific workouts I could do to change my butt shape to an almost heart shape?

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        • March 7, 2017 at 11:46 am
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          Hey there, that sucks that your family have made fun of you like that! I don’t have much experience with the V shape, but maybe it would be worth trying something like Strong Curves, there are heaps of good exercises and routines in there for butt-building in general. I think that in most cases, just working the glutes in general should help round out your shape. No harm in taking the ‘try and see’ approach! Good luck 🙂

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      • May 6, 2017 at 10:20 am
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        I prefer the A shape because I love how it looks like a heart when a women bends over. I still have a hard time understanding why it is I love that shape so much but I just do. The V shape is the only shape I do not find appealing but all the other shapes are nice too I just like the heart shape the most.

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      • June 8, 2017 at 5:56 pm
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        Well I hope to see it soon because I’m a guy with a heart shaped bubble butt without surgery and I’m curious about the different types

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        • June 9, 2017 at 9:21 am
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          Thanks for reminding me of this Titus! I wasn’t able to find enough information about guys butt shapes to write an article yet though 🙁

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      • August 11, 2018 at 1:07 pm
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        Ohhhhh …Is it so….

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      • June 29, 2019 at 1:37 pm
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        i think i’m a bubble butt

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        • June 30, 2019 at 1:00 pm
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          Nice! I hope you love your bubble butt!

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      • July 11, 2019 at 10:41 pm
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        I like your buttcheeks 🙂

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          • June 1, 2022 at 9:29 am
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            Am cofused i think i have thé Heart shape butt and thé H too.can i send a pics of m’y butt?

          • June 3, 2022 at 7:02 am
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            Everyone is unique, so if you don’t fit quite squarely in just one of the categories, that’s normal! Probably just think of yourself as a combination H and heart shape 🙂

          • June 1, 2022 at 9:31 am
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            I love Heart shape butt ?

      • May 12, 2021 at 5:00 am
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        i haven’t done much research but on a macro level i feel like men have what i guess would be most closely considers an “H” shaped butt. Due their hips being relatively straight and boxy as apposed to women’s more wider shaped hips. but i’ve seen some donks tho lol

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        • May 14, 2021 at 11:44 am
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          Yeah I think you’re probably right there Drew. There’s not a lot of information available on classifying men’s butts, though I have seen a few characteristic shapes… bubble and H are probably the main 2 I’ve seen before.

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      • March 22, 2022 at 6:24 am
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        I’m not so much of a breast man. But I sure am into a Pearce shaped ass. I love one the is meaty in the rear with a small waist and small nubile breasts. That for me, is the ideal female body ?

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        • March 24, 2022 at 5:11 am
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          There are so many variations in what people find attractive. Thanks for sharing your preferences! It’s really awesome for us females to know that not every guy is into the ‘ideals’ that media promotes (the thing that stood out to me in what you shared is that you’re attracted to massive breasts). Ladies, take note: here is a man who likes something other than western culture’s norm.

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    • September 15, 2017 at 11:29 pm
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      My wife has a gorgeous hear shaped butt though she has lot interest in keeping it that way. ?

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      • June 18, 2022 at 6:42 am
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        This is literally the first time in 32 of my life that I have seen any appreciation for my behind shape.
        Bless you kind stranger. You have instilled hope that someday I will find a partner that loves my butt. ? your kind words have truly made an impact today! Blessed be.

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        • June 20, 2022 at 11:29 am
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          Hi Rowan, your comment made me smile! I’m actually shocked that you haven’t come across appreciation for the heart shape before, it’s a popular one!
          You will definitely find someone who loves your butt (and you), there are so many preferences out there for what people find attractive. Keep searching and good luck!

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    • June 5, 2018 at 12:17 pm
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      I am an African American woman with A type shape. I didn’t find this article anyway offensive. Just disappointed their wasn’t any Sisters of my color on the bottom picture list. We are a different type of A. We are thicker more athletic build so our legs are a are also thicker and muscular. I consider that to be beautiful and our men as well. The term built like an amazing Amazon or a Stallion would be my description.

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      • June 6, 2018 at 9:51 am
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        Thanks for your feedback Jeanne! Unfortunately, it’s actually kind of difficult for me to find images of people’s butts that I have permission to use on the site, so this is why it’s hard for me to include as diverse photos as I would like to!!

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      • August 14, 2019 at 4:15 am
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        i would have to agree. i doe’t really know why any one would ever rate it .it most definitely in the eyes of the beholder and the if the person that sits on the butt is good with it, then its a perfect butt.

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      • November 2, 2021 at 3:17 am
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        god damn no wonder im lesbian that sounds literally fucking beautiful

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        • May 20, 2022 at 1:22 am
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          Hi, pansexual cis-man here. Honestly the shape doesn’t matter to me, I just like it small and tight. When their muscles carve out the shape, that’s super sexy to me. That said, there are men who love big buts with a lot of fat too. So I think ladies shouldn’t worry, whatever your build is, there is a guy out there -or lady, if that’s your preference, who likes it. Focus only on having the build you personally want, and the people who like it will naturally come.

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