Beth Linker on Slouch: Posture Panic in Modern America

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 21 March 2024 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Beth Linker about her book Slouch: Posture Panic in Modern America. Tells the story of twentieth-century America’s largely forgotten posture panic – a decades-long episode in which it was widely accepted as scientific fact that Americans were suffering from an epidemic of bad posture, with potentially catastrophic health consequences. Discusses that bad posture was seen as an individual health threat, an affront to conventional race hierarchies, and a sign of American decline.

Even as a child, I never believed the horseshit about what would come my way due to poor posture.

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