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Women with a little hair on their chin or upper lip can feel like there's something wrong with them - but it's actually pretty common. Mona Chalabi writes at The Guardian that even the measurement tool that determines whether you are "hirsute" has some serious issues.

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Over the past few years, there has been a marked increase in the number of Australian women undergoing cosmetic genital surgery in a quest for "normal" vaginas. But what exactly is normal? Despite what porn would have you believe, vaginal appearance is just as diverse as any other body part. GPs need to discourage women from undergoing unnecessary and painful procedures stemming from genital-related anxiety. In short, your junk is fine the way it is -- embrace it.

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Didn't you think Mark Zuckerberg is tall? According to a 2010 New Yorker profile, he's "only around five feet eight, but he seems taller, because he stands with his chest out and his back straight, as if held up by a string." Wired writer Graham Starr thinks Zuck seems tall for another reason: He stages his photos to exaggerate his height.

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Why are certain face and body types considered ideal? And what makes us so obsessed with them? A new scientific study from the University of South Australia has attempted to find the answer by measuring "hyperideals" in men and woman -- from porn stars to GI Joe figures. Here, professor of Health Sciences Tim Olds discusses the findings.

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We live in a world of improbable bodies; they populate our television screens, magazines and billboards. If you're like most Australians, you might sometimes get the feeling your body isn't normal. But don't fret -- it's all the virtual bodies around us that aren't.