Without departing (much!) from the solemnity of the day, this just in from the Beeb:
Institute of Preventative Medicine in Copenhagen researchers found those with wider hips also appeared to be protected against heart conditions. Women with a hip measurement smaller than 40 inches, or a size 14 would not have this protection, they said. The researchers say hip fat contains a beneficial natural anti-inflammatory.
In the good old days, I think they were referred to as something that would detract from the reverence we're trying to maintain today. All in all, we take comfort in knowing we were right all along. Carry on.