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You won’t see Barbara Eden’s on I Dream of Jeannie, and Walt Disney was concerned that Annette Funicello might bare hers in Beach Blanket Bingo. But navels, virgin and pierced alike, are freely displayed these days. During her lecture on “The Marketing of Men and Women’s Bodies in Contemporary Culture: The Lure of Bodies, Belly Buttons, and Boycotts,” George Washington University professor Cayo Gamber will discuss the trend to eroticize what’s left of your umbilical cord; she’ll also consider advertisers’ attempts to target women’s—and men’s—insecurities. At 8 p.m. at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Georgia Ave. & Elder St. NW. FREE. For reservations call (202) 782-2202. (NodB)