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Author Popenoe, Rebecca, 1962-

Title Feeding desire : fatness, beauty, and sexuality among a Saharan people / Rebecca Popenoe
Published Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2012
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Summary 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. Based on fieldwork in an Arab village in Niger, Feeding Desire analyses the meaning
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Body image in women -- Azaouak Valley (Mali and Niger)
Human body -- Social aspects -- Azaouak Valley (Mali and Niger)
Muslim women -- Azaouak Valley (Mali and Niger)
Overweight women -- Azaouak Valley (Mali and Niger)
Sex customs -- Azaouak Valley (Mali and Niger)
Women, Arab -- Azaouak Valley (Mali and Niger)
Azaouak Valley (Mali and Niger) -- Social life and customs.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1135140774 (electronic bk.)
9781135140779 (electronic bk.)