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Ideal Body, The

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

The concept of ideal body raises the question: ideal for what—or whom? Broadly speaking, the ideal body can be viewed in numerous ways. For example, it may be perceived as a highly complex organism evolving over time through biological adaptations to natural environments, including differences in body shape, texture and density of hair, skin color, and so on. The ideal body can also be framed primarily in terms of sexual reproduction: namely, the recognition of a physically attractive partner who is compatible ...

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