by Misty .N. Luminais
Using embodiment theory, this thesis discusses the ways in which women in Dangriga, Belize relate to their bodies and how that reflects the larger social situation in which they find themselves. Globalizing forces, especially the compression of time and space through advancing technologies, such as media and tourism, influence how women in Belize construct gendered identities. Women in Belize generally believe that all women are beautiful and most women reply to the question, “Who do you think is beautiful?” with “I am. I am beautiful.” This understanding of beauty is radically different than the one found in the United States, where beauty is perceived as a competition among women. Feminists have traditionally been ambivalent about the topic of beauty. This study presents an alternative framework for the examination of beauty outside of the customary feminist discussion of patriarchy and competition.
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Keywords: gender, Identity, local ideas, global cultures
Suggested APA reference: Luminais, M. N. (2006). Local ideals of beauty under global pressure: gender identity and formation in Dangriga, Belize. Washington: Washington State University.