Shapely Ankles and Cankles


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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. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1126&dat=19150514&id=wgtRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=tGYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5763,3311257

"Cankles." The Rice University Neologisms Database. 2008. http://neologisms.rice.edu/index.php?a=term&d=1&t=6032

"Thoughts on a Portmanteau: Cankles." Autumn Whitefield-Madrano. The Beheld. July 20, 2011. http://www.the-beheld.com/2011/07/thoughts-on-portmanteau-cankles.html

"For the Body-Conscious, It's Now the Ankle that Rankles." Amy Chozick. The Wall Street Journal. July 23, 2009. http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB124830850199074223

"Ankles Away: Cosmetic Surgery for Cankles." Samantha Marshall. Marie Claire. Oct. 7, 2011. http://www.marieclaire.com/hair-beauty/trends/cankle-surgery-trend

"Fashionistas Turn to Surgery to Rid 'Boot Bulge.'" Genevieve Shaw Brown. ABC News. Sept. 17, 2014. http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/boot-bulge-begone-fashionistas-plastic-surgery-procedure/story?id=25564700

"What Are Cankles?" Wendy C. Fries. WebMD. Nov. 14, 2012. http://www.webmd.com/beauty/style/quick-facts-about-cankles

"As Cheryl Cole Reveals Hers, a Fellow Sufferer Bemoans the Curse of Cankles." Angela Epstein. The Daily Mail. May 25, 2011. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1390592/Cheryl-Cole-Miley-Cyrus-Helen-Mirren-suffer-curse-cankles.html

Academic Insights:

"Feminine Persuasion: Art and Essays on Sexuality." Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. 2003. http://books.google.com/books?id=WqqMs0iXVSYC&pg=PA13&lpg=PA13&dq=why+are+slender+ankles+considered+feminine&source=bl&ots=hfXTehzYD8&sig=yPeGUUY8U4ltD91463wOaglCrXM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KDAcVP7-KMG1ggSm-oEI&ved=0CEQQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=why%20are%20slender%20ankles%20considered%20feminine&f=false

"Laser-assisted lipolysis for cankle remodelling: a prospective study in 30 patients." F.M. Leclere et al. Lasers in Medical Science. January 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23471498

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