Essay anthro 2a final

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Eugenia Kaw (Opening Eyes)- plastic surgery as a form of internalized colonialism. Cultural stereotypes on what is beautiful and what is not. Subconscious. Racist stereotypes they’re taking action on.
Plastic surgery as form on internalized colonialism- look at Eugenia Kaw.
Susan Bordo (The Slender Body) -look at consumption vs. accumulation and capitalist contradiction.
Consumption vs. Accumulation -from Bordo’s article.
“Tight” Bodies as Cultural Symbols of Morality/Self-Control-
“I Enjoy Being a Girl” (music videos and women’s capitalist role as primary consumers and sexualized objects)-
Emily Martin (The Egg and the Sperm)-
Western Cultural Biases in Science- western science has frequently portrayed women’s sexual
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Trobriand Husband/Wife Relationship- father does not cause fertilization in Trobriand perspective, but does “open the path” for the spirit. Sex helps the baby to grow. Sex is good for the baby.
Incest Taboos- father and daughter, Brother and sister. Brother and sister stronger b/c related thru mother.
*Trobriand Beliefs of Procreation-
Baloma Spirit- Trobriand notions of death and pro-creation. When a Trobriand person dies, it’s believed that their ‘Baloma spirit’ goes to Tuma Island. Over time, the Baloma will become old and wrinkled (80 yrs). The Baloma bathes in the sea and becomes young again. The old spirit’s skin washes off into ocean and forms little baby spirit ( WaiWaia)
Waiwaia Spirit -will swim from Tuma back to Trobriand Islands and look for a mother through which to be born. The “mother” must be of the correct matrilineage. The spirit combines with blood in the mother’s womb to create a baby.
Tuma Island- Reincarnation; When someone dies, goes there (the baloma spirit)
Who Takes Care of Trobriand Children?­- father is your primary nurturer, but not a disciplinarian. Your mother and brother are responsible for raising the next generation of leaders. They are going to the be disciplinarians.
The Nuer of Sudan­- pastoralists (herders)
Bridecattle-cattle exchanged to “seal” a marriage, from man to woman’s family
Patrilineal- only men are permitted to own

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