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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/9493

Title: The Broken Mirror - Young Women, Beauty & Facial Differences
Authors: Whittington-Walsh, Fiona
Keywords: BEAUTY, DISFIGUREMENT, WOMEN, CULTURAL EXPECTATION, VIOLENCE
Issue Date: Dec-2006
Publisher: Pristine Publications
Citation: Women's Health and Urban Life, Vol 5 (2), pg. 7-24
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to develop a theoretical understanding of the connection between the colonial and patriarchal notions of ideal beauty found in western society and the attitudinal violence that girls and young women with facial differences experience. This violence is enacted through both the scientific gaze and the public gaze and involves consequences such as economic discrimination, hiding and masking difference, living a life of fear and being induced to self hatred. Central to this work is the life history of Ani, a young woman born with a port wine stain birthmark covering the right side of her face and neck which also enlarges her lower lip and tongue. At times, Ani returns the imperial, male gaze by refusing to feel shame for her ‘difference’ and rejects the many demands to ‘normalize’ her appearance. However, as the attitudinal violence intensifies, Ani is forced to withdraw into submission and once again become victim of the gaze.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/9493
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