Woman's Hour

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Weekend WH: Body beautiful & the role of Grandma

April 11th, 2015

Episode 195 of 725 episodes

For the first time the Women’s Boat Race will be rowed on the same day and place as the men’s. Clare Balding will be discussing what it means for Women’s sport. Why are rock hard abs and perfectly toned triceps seen as the perfect body shape? The writer and classicist Natalie Haynes tells us why the ancient Greeks were just as obsessed with the body beautiful as we are today. We hear how a black woman, who discovered by chance that her grandfather was a sadistic Nazi mass murderer, has come to terms with her inheritance. Two ballet dancers tell us what it’s like to cope with the way pregnancy has changed their bodies and their ability to dance. How long is it acceptable to mourn the breakdown of a relationship? And we examine how the role of the grandmother has changed?

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