Word of the Week: Body

Body. We hear and say this word all the time, but what does it mean to critically think about the body?

“The body is indeed a key site at which culture and cultural identity is expressed and articulated, through clothing, jewelry, and other decoration and through the shaping of the body itself (through tattoos, hair styles, body-building and dieting, for example). It is through the body that individuals can conform to or resist the cultural expectations imposed upon them” (Edgar and Sedgwick).

What are some bodily “cultural expectations” that your culture values? (Hint: think about how you are expected to dress or style your hair!)
What types of bodily expressions are critiqued?

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