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My Body Is My Own Business

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catrina hernandez

on 5 March 2015

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Transcript of My Body Is My Own Business

My Body is My Own Business
Literary Devices
Hijab portrays a "forced silence or radical, unconscionable militancy" (Western Cultural). [11]
Her personal experiences as a Canadian-Muslim woman.
Encountered racism and discrimination.
Author Background
Naheed Mustafa
The author wears a hijab as part of her religion.
“The only thing that makes one person better than another is her or his character.” [5]
People still judge Muslims as being terrorists ever since the 9/11 attack.
Connections to Other Texts
The Necklace:
Mathilde endures the burden of poverty and the inability to bear the rich lifestyle.
Naheed suffered attempting to meet the western standards of society.
Important Definitions
Hijab [4]
Pinch an Inch [13]
Beauty [15]
Waifish (waif) [15]

By: Tara Garcia, Catrina Hernandez, Nadine Hom, and Sugitha Jeeva
She speaks and understand English, but people think she doesn't.
“Beauty is ever-changing.” [15]
There's no true beauty in life.

"Women are taught from an early age that their worth is proportional to their attractiveness." [9]
Sexual object.
Loss of intellect, which gives character, due to excessive value of physical beauty.
If women don't conform to this norm they become detested.
1. Do you judge someone based on the
outside or the inside? Which judgement
comes first?
2. Do women look good for themselves or for other people?
3. If so, why would a women need to look good for themselves through the use of temporary resources?
If women don’t live up to society’s expectations then they are ridiculed, if they live up to them they are oppressed.

Naming Myself:
The Woman I
Am In My Dreams
There is no central truth
Linguistic instability: never-ending fluidity of the meaning of beauty
Meaning is not determined by the author - reader is subjective
4. Why not build on character instead, which can never be taken away from you?
5. CAN character be taken away from you?
6. How come displaying yourself for attention and defending your decision to keep your body are considered as false equality?
Temporary Nature of
Physical Beauty:
Oppression of Women / Role of Women:
The article is written from the perspective of a women
Societies "Ideal Women"
Expected behavior/ Role of women
The hijab and women
" It is simply a women's assertion that judgement of her physical person is to play no role whatsoever in social interaction"
Born in England.
Completed an honors degree in political science and philosophy at the University of Toronto.
Studied Journalism at Ryerson University.
At the age of 20 she began to wear the hijab.
Balances work and children.
"We got the glow in our mouths
White teeth teens are out"
Glow from our mouths symbolizes character.
White teeth symbolizes beauty
Our character conquers our beauty.
Article: what makes us better than one person is his or her character and not our gender, beauty, wealth, or privilege.
"I am not a white teeth teen
I tried to join but never did"
Article: Naheed wears a hijab to confirm she's not a "white teeth teen."
Meeting the impossible [male] standards of beauty is tiring and humiliating.
She doesn't show her beauty to the public.
"The way they are, the way they seem is something else, it's in the blood"
Beauty isn't always how you want to see it.
A person who is beautiful physically may not be the same within.
Article: worth is proportional to attractiveness.
White Teeth Teens
By: Lorde
The Name connects narrator to her grandfather. It links a person to their ancestry and culture.
Naheed's use of the Hijab displays her association with her culture making it a part of her identity.
Both texts portray racism.
The narrator expresses insecurity and discontent with her real (non-dream) self.
Physical attractiveness vs. self worth.
Women are the inferior gender.
The materials we have are insignificant and have no connection to who we are.
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