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Bucknell University

Publication Date

Fall 2005

Program Name

Morocco: Culture and Society

Abstract

This paper provides an intimate look at the rural female body and its nuances – aesthetics, self-perception, sexuality, maternity, and purity. Based on this research conducted in the rural village of Loutichina, it seems apparent that almost unrealistic demands are traditionally made on the rural female body, most noticeably the demands of reproduction and physical labor. Local perceptions and attitudes towards maternity and sexuality are also explored, as is the way in which the rural female body undergoes basic biological changes and cycles and is simultaneously affected by surrounding social and cultural pressures. Ethically, I was confronted with issues of confidentiality due to the intimate nature of my interviews and discussions, as well as separate issues concerning the viability of my proposed artistic experiments.

Disciplines

Gender and Sexuality | Rural Sociology

 

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