The Evidence and Arguments in Rebecca Popenoe's "Feeding Desire" This paper analyzes the evidence and arguments in Rebecca Popenoe's study of fattening among Azwagh Arab women, and discusses the significance of her argument. I will survey her sources, her methodology, her deductions, and her conclusions, and evaluate each. My conclusion will be that although the study itself is credible and suffers from no major defects, the conclusion that fattening makes Azwagh Arab women into "appropriate objects of desire" is an over-generalization that does not contribute as much to our overall understanding as some of her more detailed suggestions and evaluations do. Dr. Popenoe spends some time establishing her right, in the academic sense, to speak...The end:
.....eral" than we are conditioned to expect of Muslim society (p. 35) and it was notable that among Dr. Poepeno's informants were matronly women who had divorced their husbands, sometimes several times, and were in effect masters of their own households and their own lives (pp. 42-43). They still needed men in the family for economic reasons, but they had been able to substitute their sons for their husbands in this area. This, again, is reminiscent of a matriarch in traditional Chinese society, adapting to a male-dominated world by working through males she could dominate, her sons. An adaptation strategy often seen elsewhere by women in formally subordinate situation, it was fascinating to observe it appear once again in Azawagh Arab society.