From: Scott Chase (email@example.com)
Date: Tue 24 May 2005 - 22:30:16 GMT
--- Bill Spight <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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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