Jigeen Day Xees

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Muwonge, Ephrance Naiga
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1996-05-23
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The desire for light skin. A desire so strong many women of all walks of life whether they be young, single, old, divorced, widowed, rich, poor.... have sought to obtain. And the means by which it is obtained is in the form of xeesal and other forms of depigmentation. The subject of my Individualized Cultural Research Project is an exploration into the world of jigeen day xees. This exploration will seek to understand first and foremost why this practice is so very widespread among Senegalese women. After grasping the why we now move on to the who exactly is using it and how this product is used. Being that the women who use xeesal are not inhabiting some remote world it is, inevitable that they are a part of the larger community. Therefore we must study the cultural impact of xeesal on a larger plane as well. What this means is a study of how xeesal is perceived by the Senegalese community with viewpoints from both men and women(who do not use xeesal), doctors and pharmacists, the vendors of xeesal and the religious impact. This work will be divided into 2 parts. The first focusing on the women who use xeesal and the second focusing on the impact it has on the larger community.
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