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A Habit of Waste

Post a Comment. Monday, December 5, A Habit of Waste. The shock woke me right up: it was my original; the body I had replaced two years before: same full, tarty-looking lips; same fat thighs, rubbing together with every step; same outsize ass; same narrow torso that seemed grafted onto a lower body of a good three sizes bigger, as though God had glued leftover parts together. This quote really spoke to me because I felt that it best represented the themes that the author was trying to explore in his story, while also giving us a glimpse of the world that he had created. In this world, body switching seems to exist not only to save peoples' lives but also simply for the aesthetic vanity that people covet.


Post a Comment. As the proverb states, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. Nalo Hopkinson exemplifies this idea in "A Habit of Waste," where the protagonist, Cynthia, changes her perception of beauty after drastically changing her appearance. After seeing her old body on a streetcar, Cynthia examines the manner in which this new girl has dressed her body, and her emotions range from admiration to disgust. Cynthia had resented her curves and her skin color when she inhabited her body, but now that she sees someone who flaunts her assets instead of hiding them, she regards her body as beautiful, and starts to question her decision to switch bodies, even criticizing her new body and its flaws. The problem is not the bodies, as Cynthia's first body was beautiful and her second body was manufactured to high standards, but Cynthia's perceptions and greed.



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