College of Arts and Sciences | The Biology and Culture of Women's Bodies
C105 | 29394 | Vitzthum, V.


COLL-C 105 29394 The Biology and Culture of Women's Bodies (Vitzthum,
V.: Anthropology) (N & M) (3 cr.)

1:25-2:15PM MW
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As members of the same species, all human females share a similar
morphology and physiology. But similarity is not identity. This course
considers the extent and causes of variation among women and across
populations in biological form and functioning from menarche through
menopause, and the consequences of this variation for women's health
and well being. Students gain a solid foundation in the physiology of
women's bodies and an appreciation of the influence of cultural
traditions and practices in modifying biology and shaping a woman's
experience of her own body.  Specific topics include the roles of diet
(especially fat intake) and eating disorders, activity patterns and
exercise, breastfeeding, religion, mass media, sexuality, and medical
practices in women's biology and health.