Curvology: The Origins and Power of Female Body Shape

Author(s): David Bainbridge

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In Curvology, Cambridge Professor of Veterinary Anatomy David Bainbridge applies the science of evolutionary biology and cutting-edge psychology to women's bodies, to explain why the human female is the only female animal to have curves and how these curves rule our lives, by influencing not only sexual selection but also social hierarchy and self-image. Written in lucid and engaging prose, Bainbridge's unique brand of popular science also draws on illuminating references from art history, contemporary media culture, and a range of first-person interviews with some actual human women. Offering a level-headed and fresh perspective on a contentious issue, Curvology will be a fascinating, controversial, and highly newsworthy read.


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The first zoological account of female body shape, from our ancestral past to our surgically-enhanced future

DAVID BAINBRIDGE was trained in veterinary surgery and zoology at Cambridge University, where he now teaches Clinical Veterinary Anatomy. He is the author of four previous books: on pregnancy, on the biology of sex and sexuality, on the brain, and most recently Teenagers: A Natural History (Portobello, 2009) and Middle Age: A Natural History (Portobello, 2012).

General Fields

  • : 9781846275500
  • : Granta Books
  • : Portobello Books Ltd
  • : February 2015
  • : books

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  • : 240
  • : David Bainbridge
  • : Paperback