Comparison Between Watt-Cloutier and Mustafa by Tz

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There are many diverse cultures and ways of living in the world. Modern and urban culture’s “normal” way of living have a huge impact on many other cultures. In My Body Is My Own Business, Naheed Mustafa explains the current culture’s stereotypes and expectations for women along with its emphasis on physical appearance. In Sheila Watt-Cloutier’s Citation of Lifetime Achievement, 2006, Watt-Cloutier shows the urban/modern culture’s ignorance and the detrimental impact that it has on the Inuit culture. This essay will compare and explain the experiences of Mustafa and Watt-Cloutier, and how modern/urban culture greatly impact other various cultures and stereotypes. Mustafa’s essay emphasizes that women should not follow the modern culture’s expectation that “their worth is proportional to their attractiveness.” Modern cultural identity shows that women “wear makeup or shave their legs or expose their bodies”. Mustafa believes that this identity is unacceptable; culture shouldn’t have such a vast expectation on a woman’s physical appearance. Mustafa wears the hijab to give herself the “freedom from constant attention to my physical self”. Thus, My Body Is My Own Business expresses that “individuals should not be judged according to gender, beauty, wealth or privilege”, which are all of the things which modern culture uses to judge. Watt-Cloutier draws attention to urban/modern culture’s ignorance of and damage to the Inuit culture. She stresses that global warming is causing a major destruction of the Inuit culture, which is greatly dependent on hunting animals. The animals that are hunted are becoming scarce due to modern culture’s lack of care on environmental impacts - global warming and contaminants are causing arctic animals to die/migrate to northern unreachable places. Though modern/urban culture may ask, “Who needs to hunt anymore”, they don’t understand the

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