Are we all thin enough yet? How the thin ideal conquered the world

26 October 2019, 17:00 - 18:00
Cambridge campus

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Advertisers often claim that beauty ideals, particularly the thin ideal for women, are 'natural' – that such ideals have remained constant across time and culture.

In this talk, Prof Viren Swami looks back at history, showing how beauty ideals have changed over time and how they continue to differ across cultures. Far from being natural, he will suggest that beauty ideals serve a purpose: shifting attention away from women’s real competencies on to superficial aspects associated with appearance, thereby blunting any movement toward gender equality.

This event is part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Event Details

26 October 2019, 17:00 - 18:00
Cambridge campus
Bookings open on 23 September, please book here.

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