What Those Dimples On Your Lower Back Really Mean

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What Do Back Dimples Mean Sexually? What 'Dimples Of Venus' Say About Your Sex Life

Sir Mix-a-Lot had plenty to say about his passion for big butts, but what about dimpled ones?

When it comes to sex appeal, we've long allowed men to set the standards for what's hot and what's not.

Sometimes (high heels, lace underwear) they are right. Sometimes (Lucite high heels, DayGlo thongs) they are wrong. Very, very wrong.

It was Sir Mix-a-Lot who popularized the love of big butts in the 1990s, making women the globe over proud of the buns they brandished, which were now sure to gain the attention of their desired gentleman and his anaconda following the release of his hit song "Baby Got Back." But Sir Mix-a-Lot was far from being the first dude to be like, "This particular trait: that's what's up sex-wise, guys."

In fact, it was the 16th century Renaissance master Michelangelo who can be first quoted as saying, "Daaaayum, girl. Back that up!"

Only he wasn't talking about her butt specifically, but rather about the lower back dimples that sit just above the junk in her trunk.

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What are lower back dimples and why are they called "dimples of Venus"?

These dimples, two concave marks located directly above the two sacroiliac joints (i.e., where the sacrum meets the pelvis, i.e., directly above the buttocks) on some people's lower backs, are more commonly found on women than on men, but people of any gender can be blessed with this highly attractive feature.

Lower back dimples aren't found on everyone, of course. Their cause is a simple matter of genetics, just like having a cute chin dimple or dimples in your (face) cheeks. More specifically, their appearance is "created by a short ligament stretching between the posterior superior iliac spine and the skin."

Michelangelo has been said to have christened them "dimples of Venus", aka Venusian dimples (after the Roman goddess of love, sex, fertility and beauty) when he spotted them on women. Being pretty equal opportunity when it come to hot bods (we've all seen his statue of David), he's also said to have called them dimples of Apollo when found on a fine piece of male behind.

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But what is it exactly about lower back dimples that we now equate them with total sex appeal?

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For one thing, some believe dimples are a sign of excellent circulation. It's also been said that if you've got lower back dimples, it's easier for you to orgasm. Unfortunately, there's no scientific evidence behind these claims, but I'm all for going with the placebo effect on this one!

Owners of dimples of Venus are also thought to be great seducers.

Again, there is literally no science to back this up, but I can say that I would not kick a dude with dimples of Apollo out of bed for eating oyster crackers, and that's kind of like science, so there you go.

Some people born without these dimples go to extremes to get this look, undergoing cosmetic surgery to make their top-bottoms seem sexier.

Weight loss can make these dimples visible on people who might have thought they were born dimple-free. But for Pete's sake don't lose weight just to see if you get butt dimples. That feels foolhardy to me.

(That said, these could be the bitter ravings of a woman with no butt dimples of which to speak.)

Do you have lower back dimples?

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Rebecca Jane Stokes is a writer living in Brooklyn, New York with her cats, Batman and Margot. Her work focuses on relationships, pop culture and news. For more of her work, check out her Tumblr.