Forced to be Fat

Ali de Bold

I came across this article on Marie Claire about the force feeding of young women that is going on in Mauritania. It's horrifying. It just shows how a skewed body image can go the other way too. It's so sad.
Nov 19, 2009 @ 10:11 am

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yes, I've seen this too

It's the flip side - a large wife proves the man can provide. It's a sign of his wealth that she can be so big. The force feeders get a bonus if they can produce stretch marks on the girls - the ultimate sign of beautifully big.

I can't remember where I read that: Time Magazine? A reputable source, in any case. Very very sad.
Nov 19, 2009 @ 11:15 am

recent history

Perhaps not to such extreme, but it was common just several hundred years ago for a woman's plumpness to be a sign of her wealth and class status. If she was plump she was well cared for, likely did not work, and had nice provisions. It was the skinny/thin women who were poor laborers.
Nov 20, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

strange customs

They are probably so accustomed to this belief that the women believe it to be normal and fine.How about that other african culture,don't remember where exactly.... they believe a woman's neck should be extremely long.They make their women wear these metal bands around their necks which stretch them out freakishly
Nov 24, 2009 @ 03:19 am

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