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MIT21A_226F09_q08 - Oct. 5, 2009 8 Study Questions on...

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Oct. 5, 2009 8 Study Questions on Schein, Robins, and Maybury-Lewis “The State” 1. Referring to the image of the “g-stringed other woman,” Schein says the “heterosexual gaze common to Western consumption of such images is not necessarily dominant in other contexts” (p. 474). What is the “heterosexual gaze”? What is she talking about? 2. Schein argues that a self/other binarism between China and the west began to dissolve in the 1980s, that in fact procedures like cosmetic surgery produce not imitations of western bodies but hybrids. She draws an analogy with the “creolizing artifice” that results from “the relaxing and dyeing of black hair” (p. 477). Describe her argument. 3. What does Schein mean by “the alterity of the feminized folk, an internalized site of difference” (p. 474)? What does “alterity” mean? Do we have anything similar? 4. What does the westernized “white” woman mean in China today, according to Schein? 5. Schein says that in the body of the white woman is both the object of consumption and its agent. What does she mean? 6. What major change in symbols of femininity occurred in China between the 1980s and 1990s, according to Schein? 7.
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MIT21A_226F09_q08 - Oct. 5, 2009 8 Study Questions on...

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