In the same, lively style as his classics, Manwatching and Bodywatching, Desmond Morris now focuses his attention and skill on the female form.
The Naked Woman builds on Desmond Morris’s unrivalled experience as an observer of the human animal. In this, his latest book, he turns his attention and skill to the female form, taking the reader on a guided tour “from head to toe.” Highlighting the evolutionary functions of various physiological traits, Morris’s study explores the various forms of enhancement and constraint that human societies have developed in the quest for the perfect female form. All this is delivered in his trademark style, communicating what is often complex detail in direct, clear and focused language.
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Desmond Morris was curator of mammals at London Zoo for eight years. He was already the author of some fifty scientific papers and seven books before completing The Naked Ape in 1967. Today, he is a presenter of natural history programs on TV, and he is also an accomplished artist.From Booklist:
Undeniably the quintessential observer of the human condition, best-selling Morris casts his discerning eye upon the feminine form in this top-to-toe tour of all things female in a continuation of the inquiry he began with the seminal The Naked Ape (1967). Scrutinizing everything from hair to feet, Morris explores the evolutionary, cultural, and biological traits and tendencies that have caused woman to become the creature she is today. Morris is positively giddy with admiration for his subject, stating that the human female is "far more advanced" than her male counterpart, the result of evolutionary developments that make her the "most remarkable organism" on the planet. And yet, Morris avers, woman has not come far enough--at least in some global cultures, where male domination runs counter to human biological imperative. Thus, each chapter, which correlates to body parts as subtle as the brow and as expected as the breasts, examines how each characteristic has been shaped by social authority. Always entertaining, Morris takes a complex subject and cogently dissects it in fine detail for a critically enlightening experience. Carol Haggas
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Book Description Vintage Books, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0099453584