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Unformatted text preview: Women Studies April 7, 2008 Body Image Perspective Around The World Islamic Culture • religion a big part • Hijab: Arabic “cover” curtain that provides women with privacy o dress code: at puberty, no part of body should be seen o form of liberation, the less you wear isn’t freeing • American misconception that hijab is oppressing Muslim women • Taliban placed ban on cosmetics o beaten or whipped if rules not followed • ban on women wearing high heel shoes, man shouldn’t hear a women walking African Culture • body sign of beauty, healthy, wealthy, prosperity and general well being • young girls kept in huts to be fattened before marriage in Igbo tribe in Nigeria o fed at least 6 meals a day, isolated, taught about marriage and womanhood o government banned practice because associated with female circumcision • Saartjie “Sarah” Baartman (the Hottentot Venus) • recent study revealed that black south African women now have dissatisfaction with bodies, some have...
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course WS 101 taught by Professor Prasad during the Spring '08 term at Skidmore.
- Spring '08