Re: more on bigorexia

From: Scott Chase (
Date: Tue 24 May 2005 - 22:30:16 GMT

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    --- Bill Spight <> wrote:

    > Dear Kenneth,
    > > Even though it could finally mean that the
    > disorder is ' really ' part
    > > of what Ronald Fisher calls the ' runaway sexual
    > selection ', where
    > > thus the desire to get slimmer all the time is
    > part of men's evolutionary
    > > selected desire for slender females ( by which
    > their desire for youthful
    > > looking females is expressed).
    > What evolutionary selected desire for slender
    > females? Isn't it
    > preferable for the mother of a child to survive a
    > famine? (As far as her
    > and her mates genes are concerned.) Take a gander at
    > ancient female
    > figurines and at premodern art. Isn't the modern
    > preference for skinny
    > Ginnies cultural?
    It would be interesting to do some cross cultural comparisons for body ideal norms and if they've changed over the years. It seems that Brazil used to have a tendency towards a "guitar-shaped" figure
    (smaller breasts, bigger butt) ["Bodies a la carte: passionate for pulchritude, Latin American women are reshaping their form through plastic surgery", _Time International_, 7-9-01, v 158, p 26+], but this has shifted to the Baywatch "hourglass". Plastic surgery seems to be an option to reduce or augment. I wonder how plastic surgery trends have gone in Brazil between breast reduction surgery and breast augmentation surgery over the past 5-10 years.

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