The Origins and Power of Female Body Shape

David Bainbridge

Published: 7 January 2016
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 240 pages
ISBN: 9781846275524


In Curvology, Cambridge Veterinary Anatomist David Bainbridge applies the science of evolutionary biology 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 zoology, 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 is a fascinating, controversial, and highly newsworthy read.

About the author

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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 (Portobello, 2009). More about the author


Curvology is nothing if not compelling reading’ Alison Potter



‘A compulsive, fascinating read... Stimulating, wry and clever’

‘A well-rounded argument on fat, form and fertility... illuminating’

‘An engrossing study... fascinating and persuasive’

‘Bainbridge raises some interesting questions’

‘Entertaining, charming and informative... I was shocked by how good it was’

‘Interspersed with many intriguing statistics’ Helen Lewis


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