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How has lockdown affected our relationship with our bodies? Dr Clare Chambers talks to BBC Radio 4

Has lockdown affected our relationship with our bodies and our appearance? College Fellow Dr Clare Chambers explores the question for the BBC Radio series Rethink.

Dr Chambers considers if months of living in comfortable clothes will change our appearance-obsessed culture, or if we will return to the "luxury of worrying more about our looks than our lives"? To discuss her essay, Jenni Murray is joined by Laura Bates, the founder of the Everyday Sexism project; Kate Lister, Lecturer in the School of Arts and Communication at Leeds Trinity University; and Shahidha Bari, Professor of Fashion Cultures and Histories at the London College of Fashion.

Rethink is a series of essays and discussions across BBC Radio 4, 5 Live and the World Service that looks at how the world might change after the coronavirus pandemic. The series includes contributions from Jarvis Cocker, Tara Westover, Tim Berners-Lee, and the Pope.

Dr Chambers is Director of Studies in Philosophy at Jesus and a University Senior Lecturer in Philosophy. There are three main strands to Dr Chambers' work: feminism, liberalism, and social construction. 

BBC Radio 4 is Listed on DAB radios as "BBC Radio 4", "BBC R4", or "Radio 4" or can be found on FM 92 - 95 FM, 103-105 FM or LW 198 Long Wave. This episode aired on 24 June 2020 and is available to listen to via BBC iPlayer Radio.