Essay about `` Eating The Other : Desire And Resistance ``

1400 Words Nov 19th, 2016 6 Pages
Within the field of Social Psychology, the most agreed upon age at which children form and begin to follow cultural stereotypes is age five (Psychology Today). Mattel Inc., the company that owns Barbie, starts marketing their dolls to children ages three and up. As more than a doll, as a role model and a representation of the ideal woman, Barbie’s form, perceived values, and lack of authenticity create a complicated paradox between celebrating diversity, perpetuating colonialism, and sexualizing the “primitive”. Barbie’s form and non-white females in United States capitalist society are both treated as silent, unimportant, demeaningly sexualized objects in the eyes of the patriarchy. Bell Hooks, in her 1992 essay “Eating the Other: Desire and Resistance” discusses the commodification and devouring of the exotic “other” and specifically the exotic woman. Where the “primitive” ethnicity is taboo, satisfying the taboo is seductively dangerous for white men. She writes, “When race and ethnicity become commodified as resources for pleasure, the culture of specific groups, as well as the bodies of individuals, can be seen as constituting an alternative playground where members of dominating races, genders, sexual practices affirm their power-over in intimate relations with the Other” (344). In this light, when men develop desires for pleasure and intimacy with the other, that desire is purely due to the color of their skin and nothing else. She discusses how these men do not see…

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