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Cultural Anthropology and Sex: What’s your Pleasure?


ha The Lustful Human Animal: Cultural Differences in Sexual Harm and Consent Jesse Bering, October 6, 2013, A research psychologist’s curious look at human behavior Bronisław Malinowski with Trobriand Islanders, ca. 1918 Most of us are convinced that we excel … Continue reading

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Female Genital Mutilation in the USA


I have forgiven my mother and father for taking my foreskin at so young an age.  She told me it was so I could look like my father.  This was in a different time dimension.  We must speed backward past … Continue reading

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Capture and Rape Fantasies in Human Historical Imagery


 I have found an article sure to provoke a firestorm of commentary (and already has).  I had recently commented on the recent spate of sex crimes in the US military.  I don’t think it’s just an American issue, rather it … Continue reading

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Protolanguage Pronunciation Re-creation


Interesting notion, recapturing the sound of a proto-language.  I’m familiar with a few romance languages and a couple of norse/germanic languages and am always surprised how languages change.  There are languages, dialects, patois, and pidgins sometimes barely intelligible from village … Continue reading

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Why Critical Thinking Can Be So Difficult


In the world we see differences between cultures through the lens of our own cultural formation.  We are subject to biases against practices we do not observe in our own universe of experience.  We have to leave to leave the … Continue reading

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Linguistics: Ithkuil, a Constructed Language With Interesting Associations


I was first introduced to languages at four or five when my parents went on assignment to Cuba for six months.  It was painful.  I ran to my mother complaining that I couldn’t get the cook to make me a … Continue reading

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The Wandering Roma: A Historical Snapshot


The much maligned Roma (Cigano, Traveler, Tzigane, etc) are seen the world over.  While traveling in Guatemala in the 1990’s I decided to get off  the chicken bus in Chichicastenango for a few days and rent an actual hotel room … Continue reading

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