I hate the song Brick House by The Commodores. But as a wedding DJ, I am forced to listen to the song more often than I want. I think the lyrics are just plain stupid. If I was a woman, the last thing I’d ever want to be compared to is a brick house.
But it gets worse. I recently discovered that many historians and anthropologists believe that Amazon women routinely removed their right breast as part of a religious ritual that helped them hunt, allowing them to pull back on bow strings and throw javelins without their breast getting in the way. Though there is much debate over the veracity of this claim, the name Amazon is believed to have derived from the Greek word a-mazon, meaning “no breast.”
Read more about this here.
What does this have to do with Brick House and the Commodores?
Ironically, the Commodores sing about women’s breasts and Amazons in their song:
Yea she's a brick-house, that lady's stacked, And that's a fact, Ain't holdin' nothin back, oh she's a brick-house, Yeah she's the one, the only one, Built like an Amazon.
Whether or not Amazon women cut off one breast, I find it ironic and amusing that The Commodores would attempt to compare a woman’s breasts favorably to that of Amazon women, who may have purposely removed their breasts.
For one who truly hates the song as much as I do, I hope you take as much pleasure in this discovery as I did.