The following recent question has attracted some very unpleasant (and unfair to my judgement) comments regarding the issue it is about ('curvy' referring to women) and the Curvy Convention link whose content was said to be more appropriate for one of those sites rather than ELU. To avoid futher comments and asking myself if I had in any possible way offended anybody's sensibility, I decided to remove it.
I'd like to understand from a wider audience of users if the subject treated may be offensive or appear obscene to anyone. Is the question poorly framed as to induce any 'ambiguous' consideration? Should similar subjects (that touch on sex or sensuality) be avoided in this site?
When and why did women become "curvy"?
A term that has been recently spreading also outside the English speaking world, especially, but not only, in the field of fashion is curvy. E.g. Curvy Convention 2015, Models on the Catwalk.
Curvy is an adjective that means 'full of curves' whose usage dates back to the beginning of the 20th century (1902), according to Etymonline.
Later in the century, apparently around the 60's (see Ngram) the term started to be used to refer to women with the meaning:
- (informal) of a woman’s figure, shapely and voluptuous. (ODO)
When was the term first introduced and in what context (Hollywood movies, TV shows , politics)?
Was it initially used as a more 'neutral' and 'politically correct' alternative to terms like 'voluptuous' or to more common but less nice terms like 'fatty' for instance?