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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Feeding Desire by Rebecca Popenoe. Feeding Desire While in the West it is said that women can never be too thin, semi-nomadic Arabs in Niger cherish a feminine ideal of extreme fatness.
Feeding Desire analyses this beauty ideal in the context of Islam, conceptions of health, and notions of desire Full description. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 5.
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With the mainstream media, so many cultures have the thin ideal. It's interesting to read about one that still has a pyramid as the perfect feminine shape, and its still heart wrenching to read about little girls being force fed and pinched or hit to make them eat their porridge. The concept of warm and cold foods was somewhat lost on me, Mainstream American culture doesn't have much I had to read this for a class a surefire way to douse interest in a book but it was still really interesting.
The concept of warm and cold foods was somewhat lost on me, Mainstream American culture doesn't have much to correspond to that so it was hard to understand. Oct 21, Elliot de Vries rated it liked it.
A short ethnography of the Azawagh "Arab" people of Niger, who are noteworthy for expressing a beauty ideal that includes significant fatness and stretch marks. The descriptive work was quite interesting, though as she notes the perspective from which she wrote was necessarily limited insofar as she had restricted access to male spaces.
Her interpretive work leaves much to be desired, unfortunately. Apr 21, Lena rated it really liked it. I read it for my Cultural Anthropology class! It really enjoyed it!
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Feeding desire: fatness, beauty, and sexuality among a Saharan people
Feeding desire: fatness, beauty, and sexuality among a Saharan people. London, New York: Routledge, It might seem incongruous for a book about Muslim Arab women to begin with an epigraph from Oscar Wilde stating, 'It is only shallow people who do not judge the world by appearances', yet by the end of this beautifully written book one agrees with Rebecca Popenoe's choice. She describes life among the Azawagh Arabs of Niger, who deliberately fatten young girls by feeding them huge quantities of grains and milk, and keeping them as still as possible. These practices are designed to achieve an adult beauty ideal: with rolls of fat and stretch marks, women are considered both sexy and gorgeous. The Arabic word zeyn, which connotes both beauty and moral goodness, is used to describe these women.
Rebecca Popenoe. While the Western world adheres to a beauty ideal that says women can never be too thin, the semi-nomadic Moors of the Sahara desert have for centuries cherished a feminine ideal of extreme fatness. Voluptuous immobility is thought to beautify girls' bodies, hasten the onset of puberty, heighten their sexuality and ripen them for marriage. From the time of the loss of their first milk teeth, girls are directed to eat huge bowls of milk and porridge in one of the world's few examples of active female fattening.