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Welcome to my blog. Here I share my successes and failures along my journey to becoming an anthropologist. My most prominent interest anthropologically are the new approaches to handing food security/healthy eating in the US, particularly in urban "food deserts". I enjoy the Anthropology of Tourism as well; combining food and tourism has scholarly promise. My other interests which have converted into anthropological hobbies of sorts include converts to Islam, diaspora of Muslims, and MENA in general. I also have some interest in historical archaeology.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Daddy's little girl?

I have to discuss this because I am very upset about this situation. I have had lots of experiences with Pakistani's in particular and with some Indians and the thing to do for women is to get a nose ring. I have been wanting one forever so heck..I grabbed the bull by the horns and did it last weekend! I love it and I don't regret it. I sent an email to my Dad and he sure had some unfriendly comments to tell me. I have given up pleasing my dad because I know I never can. I need to please Tiffany. here is what he wrote...let me know what you think...

"As for the nose piercing, promise you'll refrain from wearing a nose ring when you come to see us. I'm not a fan of body piercing, as it seems too primitive. I don't wish to tell S*****e (his wife)* that you did this, nor even ask her how she feels about the practice; but, if I did, I doubt she would give me a thumbs up, considering she doesn't even have pierced ears. Nearly 40 going on 15. Ha, ha."

I was NOT asking for your APPROVAL DAD! I did it because I wanted to. Plus, the word PRIMITIVE is offensive to anthropologists! So there. lol



Faith in Writing said...

Primitive!! Pfft!@!
I'm very interested in your work by the way. What is your focus for study?
xx glad I found your blog!

ps: had to laugh at 40 going on 15. It was a typical dad line.
As for being rude about your nose ring, my family is so worried about all things Islam because my hub is Palestinian. I told my mum I was wearing a dress over jeans one day because it was cold and she was all "Oh, so you're looking like a Muslim" (Muslim was heavily accented)... Ah,no I was cold. They don't even know I converted to Islam (I don't really practice though) but I'm sure she'd die if she knew :p

Anonymous said...

Sounds like something my dad would say, if we were still talking. :p He'd also sprinkle in some swear words. :))

Anthrogeek10 said...


Thank you!
I am still an undergrad but am thrilled to have only 3 more semesters left. I am interested in religiosity, migration, American converts to islam and identity. I also am into world issues and want to looking into government service.

My mom would say something like that too...she is an evangelical Christian with a mission to save the world from the devil. lol

Your dad won't speak to you? Thats terrible. I speak to my Dad but he can be critical. I learned to be very diplomatic.


Anonymous said...

Anthrogeek10 - well after I started college things started to go downhill. And then when I married my husband, that was the last straw for them. ;)

Chiara said...

Seems like Dad was more concerned about his wife's response.
It is very annoying to have a statement interpreted as a request for an editorial comment, and yes "primitive" should be used very carefully.
I once showed pictures to my mother of my inlaws, and my mom was worried the SIL whom she'd met was being forced to wear a headscarf--no just a bad hair moment! LOL :)