Size 6: The Western Women’s Harem” from Scheherazade Goes West by Fatima Mernissi, a Moroccan feminist and professor at Mohammed V University, who. This essay is a critical response to the article by Mernissi Fatema titled “Size six: The Western women’s harem”. The author argues that western femininity is. Objective: Using “Size 6: The Western Woman’s Harem” essay, students will consider a Moroccan Muslim woman’s belief that Western beauty ideals are as.

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Size Six: The Western Women’s Harem By Fatema Mernissi

Her clothes were specially tailored for her by the neighborhood craftsman or seamstress, therefore essentially eliminating the very existence and enforcement of sizes. Time, Mernissi notes, is the weapon employed against women by the Western man.

And though a woman is free to elect what to do with her body, Mernissi recognizes that a woman will still either consciously or unconsciously bend under the pressure to fit literally the mold of beauty.

And it is not only their bodies that are being dominated but also their minds fatsma intellect is associated with maturity, an attribute perceived as being negative, and furthermore, women spend more time preoccupied with maintain and achieving their figures instead of on developing and cultivating their minds. Whether it be in the East or in the West, Mernissi acknowledges an overt and powerful exclusion and debasement of women.

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Now, whether or not one is exceedingly worse than the other is not significant. This is something that is particularly evident in the male-dominated niche fashion in the Nernissi, a multimillion-dollar industry. The media and all forms of advertising whether they be electronic or in print promote the beliefs and implicit edicts that equate female beauty with things like thinness, small waists, small feet and even with things like plump lips, fair skin, and large breasts.

Though these ideals of beauty have evolved over time, what remains the same is the fact that they are enforced, essentially eliminating them as options and instead transforming them into requirements.

This is particularly detrimental to young girls and adolescents.

A friend of mine was a victim of Anorexia Nervosa and she informed me that it not only stopped her period and stunted her growth but it also delayed her puberty and after undergoing a rehabilitation program, she did not begin puberty until last summer. She is aize 21 years of age. Though she is now at a healthy weight BMIshe told me that it is an eternal struggle and it is a battle she will continue to fight throughout her lifetime as the disease is not transient but something that transcends time.


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More and more, the statistics of women diagnosed with diseases like Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia continue to increase. And this is what Mernissi declares is stupefying for her, something she does not wish to participate in or perpetuate. Meernissi are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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