Woman's Hour - 17/06/2009

With Jenni Murray. The editor of American Vogue, Anna Wintour, is the subect of a new documentary and arguably the fashion world's most powerful player. But how much power do fashion magazine editors really possess? To find out, Jenni is joined by the Editor of Grazia, Jane Bruton, Alexandra Shulman from UK Vogue and the Head of Marketing and PR for French Connection, Lorna Perrin. Starting your menstruation relatively early is linked with shorter stature and increased body weight. Now, for the first time, researchers are getting close to understanding the influence genes have on the timing of your first period. Dr Anna Murray, Lecturer in Genetics at the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter talks about the new findings. Finding an acceptable word for your daughter's private parts can be a bit of a dilemma for parents. The words 'vulva' and 'vagina' are anatomically correct but don't seem to be widely used, whereas the word 'penis' is. Woman's Hour hears from some parents about the difficulties of choosing the right word to teach their daughters. Journalist Annalisa Barbieri and Dr Hera Cook, a lecturer in the history of sexuality at the University of Birmingham, discuss the language we use for female parts and its influence on attitudes to female sexuality. You can find olive trees throughout the Mediterranean: thousands of different varieties, often hundreds of years old, cultivated to produce fruit for table olives or oils. Jenni meets two people who are passionate about olives, olive oil and olive trees: the former actress Carol Drinkwater, who grows them on her farm in Provence, and George Hornby, whose family have owned an olive grove in Sicily for the last six hundred years.


  • 2009-06-17 10:00:00 - 2009-06-17 11:00:00 on Radio 4 FM, Radio 4 LW,