Bald Eagles: The Tabooed Image of Cancer
There are taboos in contemporary American culture that have been developed and reinforced throughout history that depend on mandatory compliance from all unquestioning members of our society. Among the particularly commanding, and sometimes conflicting, tools of social constraint are gendered expectations of beauty and the taboos surrounding cancer. Society places high, even impossible, expectations on its members, especially women, to attain certain unachievable beauty standards. Deviation from norms and noncompliance to expectations result in punishment in the only way over which society ...
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