Reading Annotation 6 Where Fat Is a Mark of Beauty

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Reading Annotation #6 October 29, 2006 Student name : Evan Schweigel Article title : Where Fat Is a Mark of Beauty Author : Ann M. Simmons Article topic and main points : In her article, Ann M. Simmons describes a centuries-old ritual that is struggling to retain its relevance among the people of southeastern Nigeria as outside influences encroach on their traditional culture. The women of the Efik, along with those of other tribes from the region, participate in the “fattening room” process to prepare their bodies and minds for womanhood and marriage. In Nigeria’s Cross River state, “Slim Princess” is a slur that no woman wishes to hear. The women, at ages as young as 7, would be considered girls in our society. Yet in Nigeria they must prepare for adulthood by putting on the extra pounds that are traditionally attractive to men there. They can expect to spend many months completing this monotonous ritual, regularly gorging themselves while receiving matrons who pass down knowledge about the keys to successful life as a
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