Shapely Ankles and Cankles


Why are women getting plastic surgery to slim down their ankles? Cristen and Caroline explore how slender ankles became a feminine beauty standard and the etymology and science behind the dreaded cankles.

Episode Sources:

"How to Make Your Ankles Really Slender and Shapely." Lucrezia Bori. The Gazette Times. May 14, 1915.,3311257

"Cankles." The Rice University Neologisms Database. 2008.

"Thoughts on a Portmanteau: Cankles." Autumn Whitefield-Madrano. The Beheld. July 20, 2011.

"For the Body-Conscious, It's Now the Ankle that Rankles." Amy Chozick. The Wall Street Journal. July 23, 2009.

"Ankles Away: Cosmetic Surgery for Cankles." Samantha Marshall. Marie Claire. Oct. 7, 2011.

"Fashionistas Turn to Surgery to Rid 'Boot Bulge.'" Genevieve Shaw Brown. ABC News. Sept. 17, 2014.

"What Are Cankles?" Wendy C. Fries. WebMD. Nov. 14, 2012.

"As Cheryl Cole Reveals Hers, a Fellow Sufferer Bemoans the Curse of Cankles." Angela Epstein. The Daily Mail. May 25, 2011.

Academic Insights:

"Feminine Persuasion: Art and Essays on Sexuality." Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. 2003.

"Laser-assisted lipolysis for cankle remodelling: a prospective study in 30 patients." F.M. Leclere et al. Lasers in Medical Science. January 2014.

Topics in this Podcast: Beauty, fashion, exercise, women's health, etymology, Anatomy, Plastic surgery, beauty standards, ankles, cankles, best of 2014 body image