January 2, 2013
WE ARE ALL DESIGNISTS NOW:
How Evolution Explains High-Heeled Shoes : New research suggests wearing heels forces women to walk in a way that exaggerates their femininity. (Tom Jacobs, 1/01/13, Pacific Standard)
Fashions in dress come and go, but a peculiar one has stayed in style for many generations, and shows no sign of fading away. It's the high-heeled shoe, which first became a fashion statement in 16th-century France, and has been a part of the modern woman's wardrobe since the mid-19th century.Ask a woman why she endures the awkwardness and discomfort, and she'll probably respond, "They make me look, and feel, more attractive." [...]"High heels may exaggerate the sex-specific aspects of the female walk," a University of Portsmouth research team led by psychologist Paul Morris reports in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior. While noting that preference in footwear is based in part on culture norms, they argue the enduring popularity of high-heeled shoes suggest their fundamental appeal stems from a deeper impulse.
That's pretty much all that remains of Evolution, conscious decisions to make oneself more attractive.
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 2, 2013 7:12 PM
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