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Lecture 7

Lecture 7: Crystallization

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Maggie Cummings

stMarch 1 2012ANTA02Lecture 7This lecture onwards is on the final examCrystallization of culture in body idealswomens fat bodies crystallize cultural logics in terms of a caste society herding trade cultural values gender complementarity endogamy etcbecome something that is greater than the sum of its parts and is visible fleshy fat plumpcultural values become infused in each other than they reinforce and sustain each otherwhy is fat beautifulfat bodies are beautiful because they are closed and stilldifferent from mens bodiescrystallization came from Susan Bordo america philosopher when writing about the thin American bodystandard of beauty that is fit slimwe take for granted the beauty of slimness that it is good healthy and sexyour obsession with slimness is the same fatness for Azawagh Arabsit is common to blame thinness on media or fashion agencies our culture is mediarich and ubiquitous but we dont question the beauty of thin imagesmedia speaks our language because the ideas that are crystallized in these image portray our cultural values and logicswe recognize beauty when we see it the images make sense even if we think theyve went too farAzawagh Arabs saw thin women West
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