Oh the silent but deadly fart. Almost everyone is embarrassed to admit that they have farted or have done it in public. While farts are seen as offensive, we also have to consider the fact that they are sometimes uncontrollable. Farts believe it or not have way more cultural and gender context than you would ever think. In this article by Kirsten Bell she informs us on farting across several cultures. While in North American cultures farts are addressed with less criticism, other cultures find them to be discourteous and highly offensive. For instance in the Indian tribes of Brazil, the Suya and Bororo are to avoid farts are at all costs. If anyone farts in public they must take part in spitting, coughing, and hacking to expel the harsh odor from their bodies. Bell also talks about it is less accepting when females fart.
I find it extremely interesting to know that farts are actually taken with way more seriously among other cultures and the meanings associated with them. I feel that when it comes to women and farting it brings the notion that women are not allowed to fart because it seen as un-ladylike. This makes farting socially unacceptable for females and suggests that they are incapable of this. Bell goes on to conclude when we fart we should take a moment to realize the abject power of the fart.