Size 6: The Western Women's Harem by Fatema Mernissi and Mother Tongue by Amy Tan

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No matter where in the world you may find yourself, you almost certainly are always going to be judged or stereotyped. Being judged and stereotyped by people has been around for a while and will probably never change. In the essays “Size 6: The Western Women’s Harem” by Fatema Mernissi and “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan, both women share their stories about being stereotyped and judged. Both Mernissi and Tan use the nonfiction elements of characterization, as well as point of view. Although both Mernissi’s and Tan’s essays have a relatively similar theme, their situations are completely different. Fatema Mernissi’s essay “Size 6: The Western Women’s Harem” shares her experience when she enters a department store in New York and is told she is too big when she can’t find a skirt her size. After being told she is too big, Mernissi continues on to question the sales lady. The sales lady then tells her that being a size six is a “normal” size. Immediately, it is noticeable that Mernissi isn’t too fond with the sales lady comment. The theme in Mernissi’s essay is the idea of women accepting the fact that men and society tell them how they should look in order for them to be beautiful. For example in the essay Mernissi questions as to why women accept this and how exactly does this work. By this, Mernissi shows her concern as to why women not only accept it, but also practice it. In the essay, Mernissi writes, “In fact, I have to confess that I lost my usual

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