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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Her knee-length, navy-blue, Chanel dress had a white silk collar reminiscent of the subdued elegance of aristocratic French Catholic schoolgirls at the turn of the century. The closest I ever came to a conversation like Ms. We Muslim women have only one month of fasting, Ramadan, but the poor Western woman who diets has to fast twelve months out of the year.

In many ways, the Roman legacy remains the ideal upon which Western civilization has shaped itself today. Self-confidence is like a tiny fragile light, which goes on and off. In All Quiet on the Western front we are told the story through Paul’s, the narrator and protagonist, mernnissi. 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.

Mernissi argues that though she may have derived from a society where a woman has to cover her face, a Western woman has to face daily atrocities far worse then ones an Eastern woman will encounter. And it is not only their bodies that are being dominated but also their minds as intellect is associated with maturity, an attribute perceived as being negative, and furthermore, women zize more time preoccupied with maintain and achieving their figures instead of on developing and cultivating their minds.


I’m personally sick of our culture’s unfounded opinion that all middle eastern women are pathetic, chained prisoners who have no free will and are forced unwillingly into lives of pure submission.

She is currently 21 years of age. No one cares about my size in Morocco as long as I pay taxes on time. He declares that isze order to be beautiful, a woman must look fourteen years old. Menu Skip to content Home About. Now, whether or not one is exceedingly worse than the other is not significant. Both are opinions founded upon the culture which you have been brought up within.

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Similarly, in the Western world, I was expected to shrink my hips into a size 6 if I wanted to find a decent skirt tailored for a beautiful woman. With the acknowledgement that fatma American fashion trends are a little screwed up, that doesn’t mean I agree with any single word about using fashion as a way of enforcing “the Western Harem”.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: As Naomi Wolf explains in The Beauty Myth, men have engineered a prodigious amount of fetish-like, fashion-related paraphernalia: Naturally “small women” usually look He controls the whole fashion industry, from cosmetics to underwear.

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vatema You don’t have to like it, but you don’t need to write insults in what’s supposed to be a supportive community. This Western time-defined veil is even crazier than the space-defined one enforced by the Ayatollahs. The cosmetic and fashion industries are only the tip of the iceberg, he states, which is why women are so ready to adhere to their dictates.


Speaking as a girl who is a size 6 apparently I am actually quite curvy. My hips, until then the sign of a relaxed and uninhibited maturity, were suddenly being condemned as a mrnissi. Her clothes were specially tailored for her by the neighborhood craftsman or seamstress, therefore essentially eliminating the very existence and enforcement of sizes.

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Trust the FOWs fans of women; straight men, bi’s, and lesbians. Unlike the Muslim man, who uses space to establish male domination by excluding women from the public arena, the Western man manipulates time and light. This is something that is particularly evident in ffatema male-dominated niche fashion in the West, a multimillion-dollar industry. This is particularly detrimental to young girls and adolescents.

Great characterization on three different levels also helps the reader come to a better. Time, Mernissi notes, is the weapon employed against women by the Western man. My mother often complained that I would never find a husband and urged me to study and learn all that I could, from storytelling to embroidery, in order to survive.

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