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The Perfect Body

Kate Fox explores the perfect body. Every day we are confronted with images of the perfect body, but do these unrealistic ideals actually reflect the diverse society we live in?

Quizzical everywoman and stand-up poet Kate Fox explores some of the things she does not want in life (and which she has cheerfully failed to achieve), and how much she has saved emotionally and financially in the process.

This week, Kate looks at the subject of the perfect body. Every day we are confronted with images of the perfect body, but do these unrealistic ideals actually reflect the diverse society we live in?

How guilty should you feel if you both agree that speaking out against the bodily exploitation of Miley Cyrus was an inspiring feminist move, and at the same time find yourself thinking that Sinead O' Connor would look ever so nice with a short bob?

Kate has a past of yo-yo dieting and bad make up application - and somehow missed the memo when "all the ladygardens went Kojak" back in 2006. With personal grooming over a lifetime coming in at £234k for women and £75k for men, could this be spent in other ways that make us feel good. A season ticket to Diggerland, a Nando's Gold Card, your own private forest?

Kate Fox is a comedian and poet from the North East of England. She has contributed poems and comic pieces to many Radio 4 programmes including Saturday Live, Wondermentalist Cabaret, From Fact to Fiction, Woman's Hour and Arthur Smith's Balham Bash.

Produced by Lianne Coop
An Impatient production for BBC Radio 4.

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