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Deep Dive Ep. 21 | Slimness: Adaptive or Dangerous?

In this episode, we discuss the evolution of various female bodily characteristics, including waist-to-hip ratio, breast size; the ‘hourglass figure’ and buttock fat, and discuss why preferences for all are not as universal as one might think. Following on from last week’s episode, we then go onto discuss the curious reason why female standards for slimness seem to be associated with female opportunities in the workplace.

  • Silverstein, Brett, et al. “Possible causes of the thin standard of bodily attractiveness for women.” International Journal of Eating Disorders 5.5 (1986): 907-916.
  • Barber, Nigel. “Secular changes in standards of bodily attractiveness in American women: Different masculine and feminine ideals.” The Journal of psychology 132.1 (1998): 87-94.
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Deep Dive Ep. 21 | Slimness: Adaptive or Dangerous?
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