Postcolonial Influence on the Feminine Body
An examination of the way in which culturally imposed slenderness of the feminine body for acceptance can be considered a repercussion of post colonialism.
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This paper discusses how centuries of human evolution have created the foundation for perceptions of beauty and attraction. The paper suggests that culturally imposed slenderness of the feminine body for acceptance can be considered a repercussion of post colonialism and a direct result of the hegemony of the Eurocentric gaze. The paper examines this view.
From the Paper:"Whether it is between Europeans and Africans, men and women, or women and women, the Eurocentric gaze continues to have influence over women's bodies, women's perceptions of themselves, and social hierarchies of power between cultures and within groups. Starting with the importation of Saarjite Bartman and the spectacle of the Hottentot Venus, the objectification of women through the male gaze permeates to European women who are compelled to differentiate themselves through manifestations of the physical body and an aspiration toward slenderness. Sandra Bartky's application of Foucault's panoptical male observer brings the male out of the material world and into the consciousness of women's minds where the presence is a constant and insistent reminder that a woman is being not merely observed, but in the process judged, accepted, and deemed desirable or not. In the absence of a physical male observer, Bordo argues that the media plays a great role in the influencing of women."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Shohat, Ella & Stam, Robert. "Unthinking Eurocentrism." London: Routledge, 1994.
- Bartky, Sandra Lee. "Foucault, Femininity and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power." Feminism and Foucault: Reflections on Resistance .Ed.Diamond and Quinby. Boston: Northeastern UP, 1988.
- Bordo, Susan. "Material Girl." Unbearable weight: Feminism, Western Culture and the Body. Berkeley: University of California, 1993.
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