Anthropology Library Research Essay

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In order to first find my two articles, I had to decide on a topic that I found interesting. Last week, in class, we read an article by Ann M. Simmons titled, “Where Fat is a Mark of Beauty”. This topic about beauty in different cultures and how that beauty is defined really interested me, so I decided to do research on that. In order to find reliable information I used The Web of Science, as shown in class. I researched beaut and attractiveness. I refined my results under the anthropology category and by an article document type. This only gave 103 final results I looked through them and chose, “Why Do the Karo Batak Prefer Women with Big Feet?” by Geoff Kushnick. I ended up choosing this one because it sounded like a very unusual and interesting topic. From there, I looked at this articles fifty-six cited references, and chose the related article “Male Preferences for Female Waist-to-hip Ratio and Body Mass Index in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea” by Barnaby J. Dixson, Katayo Sagata, Wayne L. Linklater, and Alan F. Dixson. This one also sparked my interest because we talked about the New Guineans in class, and I wanted to learn more about them and their outlook on attractiveness and beauty.
The first article “Why Do the Karo Batak Prefer Women with Big Feet?” is about a study done about societies and which image they find the most and least attractive. The study was done with nine different countries, including the Karo Batak People of North Sumatra, Indonesia. In the study they found that the Karo Batak were unlike the rest. The Karo Batak thought women with larger feet more attractive then those with smaller feet. In most of the countries it was the opposite, that the images they thought to be more attractive, where the...

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... women hood. I think these articles lean towards cultural relativism, these studies minimized race as a human determinant, by saying it’s the culture and society that explain the differences of attractiveness of women. I think all these studies just want to do one thing, “To make the strange familiar, and just be anthropologist. They want to study and learn all the differences and complexities of human kind.

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Barnaby, Dixson, J., Katayo Sagata, Wayne L. Linklater, and Alan F. Dixson. "Male Preferences for Female Waist-to-hip Ratio and Body Mass Index in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea." Web of Science. THOMSON REUTERS, 2014. Web.
Kushnick, Geoff. "Why Do the Karo Batak Prefer Women with Big Feet? Flexible Mate Preferences and the Notion That One Size Fits All." Web of Science. Springer Science+Business Media New York, 31 May 2013. Web.

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