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Wrapping Up Feeding Desire

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Maggie Cummings

Lecture Five: Wrapping Up Feeding Desire March 1, 2011 Crystallization The way that cultural logics come together and translate into cultural values o Ie) Endogamy, Islam, Closedness, Hot vs. cold Crystallization through fattening - makes the cultural values (intangible) visibletangiblereal Sustain each other and define each other Conceived by Susan Bordo (wrote about body ideals in the West) Body Ideals in the West Slim, young, masculine-ish women Why thinness? o The innate beauty of thinness is unquestioned in our society o Not true in other societies: eg. Asawagh Arabs o Media is effective not because it inundates us with images of thinness, but because it reflects ideals and beliefs already present in society and reflects it back Same as how fattening for Azawagh Arabs is influenced by the desert, but that that is not enough o Crystallization recognizes the aspects of cultural values (ie. Wealth or Media) that are related to body ideals (ie. Thinness or Fatness) but that those reasons arent enough to really cause the ideal in and of th
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