What have I learned? I have been reading widely, and lightly. Skimming, really. It seems like adult onset ADD has been my affliction. Everything interests me. But ideas begin to coalesce.
Across various narratives, I have seen that the business of bodyshape/fashion/and the economy thereof, became more widespread with the industrial revolution. When clothing was easier and cheaper to produce, fashion became a commodity in the lives of women who were less than upper class. During the 1920's, women's magazines became more prevalent and the editorial and ad space were devoted increasingly to pills, potions and systems to modify a woman's body to meet the standards of beauty being marketed. Beauty became a major attribute of a woman's value during that time. It's not that there were no cultural standards of beauty before the 1920's. Certainly there were. You need but read the history of the corset to understand this. However, according to multiple sources that I have been dipping my toe/ brain into, skills and work ethic far outweighed beauty in the selection of a mate until the 20th century and the rise of the business of beauty in the twentieth century. It makes one think...
I am fascinated by the graphs and piecharts of my weight loss program. Indeed, I chose this program because the charts were pretty! I also love my FITBIT! It makes pretty charts too. I have walked 61 miles in the last month.
What have I lost? 7 pounds.