WATCH ON BBC SELECT: THE BODY DROP
The Body Drop was live between Monday 12th – Sunday 25th July, check out Select More every other week to be the first to explore the latest Drop.
BBC Select brings you a curated collection of three thought provoking programs and an exclusive Take on a subject that touches us all. We explore a culturally relevant theme and examine it in depth, offering you fresh perspectives on the things that matter in life, from love and war, parenthood and consumerism, to revolution and race.
Things get physical in this week’s Drop as we explore The Body. In an exclusive Take, Padma Lakshmi ponders why some body parts are hard to talk about. Transfiguration is investigated in Louis Theroux: Under the Knife and Obsessed with My Body. The Shock of the Nude and The Beauty of Anatomy takes a look at the body in art, while 100 Vaginas intimately celebrates that particular anatomic area.
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Featured in The Body Drop on BBC Select:
TAKES: PADMA LAKSHMI ON THE BODY
The Drop on BBC Select brings you the thoughts of writers, filmmakers and more. This week, Padma Lakshmi discusses why our anatomy is wrapped up in politics.
It’s not easy to get up in a room full of people and talk about your vagina. But that’s what former model and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi had to do to raise awareness of endometriosis. Reflecting on her own experiences, she sets out a bold vision for the future of women’s healthcare.
Watch Padma Lakshmi in Takes, filmed exclusively for BBC Select.
LOUIS THEROUX: UNDER THE KNIFE
America is hooked on cosmetic surgery – and nowhere more so than Beverly Hills. In this eyebrow-raising program, the British filmmaker meets the plastic-surgery patients that crowd the city’s clinics, joining them for consultations and operations as they seek everlasting youth. What motivates them to irrevocably alter themselves – as Louis wonders if he himself could do with a nip and tuck?
OBSESSED WITH MY BODY
When people think of beauty, they usually think of women. But with teen boys spending 30% more time in the bathroom and taking twice as many selfies as girls, it’s time we gave this assumption a wash, tuck and pluck. For some, it’s about confidence, transformation, and freedom of expression. But with male eating disorders on the rise, what’s the price of the growing pressure on men to look perfect?
SHOCK OF THE NUDE
We wipe our internet browsing histories to spare our blushes yet admire a nude in an art gallery without the blink of an eye. But, asks classicist Mary Beard, is it really the ennobling effects of great art that sees us queuing up for famous nudes from Aphrodite to Michaelangelo’s David? Gleefully, Beard strips away our lofty claims to reveal the truth behind our obsession with the body in art.
THE BEAUTY OF ANATOMY
How has what’s inside us been depicted on canvas over the centuries? In this series, Dr Adam Rutherford examines the close relationships between discoveries in anatomy and the works of art that illustrate them. In this passionate and informed program, he meets artists, art critics and art historians, as well as collectors and anatomists, to help him uncover the meaning and power of these pieces.
They proliferate in porn, so why are vulvas still a mystery? What does it feel like to have one? What do they look like outside of porn’s plastic perfection? Laura Dodsworth’s project to photograph 100 vaginas (or vulvas to be exact) prompts women from 19 to 77 to bear their souls as they bare their bits, revealing stories that range from funny to traumatic, questioning how bodies become taboo.
Each week, we will be exploring new topics and issues with thought-provoking takes from global thinkers. Be sure to stay up to date with the latest Takes and Drops on Select More.
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