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What Lies Beneath

Earlier this year a study was carried out on women and their first impressions of other women. It turns out that the first thing women notice about other women is how fat they are (closely followed by how much make up, dress sense, hair style … the usual suspects). The report was carried out by […]

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Fat is a Relational Issue

Which celebrities are fat? Who has lost/gained weight? Are your friends fat? Are your children fat? Do people think you’re fat? A societal canary in the coalmine, the strange and disturbing obsession with weight should ring more alarm bells than it currently does. The obsession has created its own industry, an industry devoted to weight […]

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The Right Bearing

Interviews are situations to be endured rather than enjoyed, a necessary evil in the recruitment and promotion of labour. They may change format and duration (2-3 day interviews are surprisingly commonplace), but the principle is the same – the presentation of self to be judged by other people who are more important than you. As […]

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God Knows What I Am

The title is taken from a scene out of Saturday night and Sunday morning, a 1960 British movie directed by Karel Reisz and adapted from Alan Sillitoe’s novel of the same name. The most famous line out of this scene is ‘Whatever people say I am, that’s what I am not’, popularised by the band […]

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The In Crowd

It would be unwise to assume that the ‘dirty look’ is somehow gender specific. This site takes it as a given that the capacity to give someone a dirty look, as it were, is not an exclusively female phenomenon. Nor is it the preserve of any particular age group or social class. We’re all at […]

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Keeping Up Appearances

Anthropologists have the wonderful task of documenting social behaviour in various cultures and geographies, and travel to the far ends of the earth and the most exotic of locations to do so. One wonders though how necessary this travel is, when the peculiar habits and customs of people are ever present in their own cultures, […]