an anthro tumblr posted this and it causes me to consider the appropriateness of criticizing another anthropologist based upon their personal beliefs. i value increasing the diversity of perspectives in anthropology. however, i feel that there are certain opinions that are just… not up to the…
As a student of anthropology, I have learned to step outside my comfort zone, and realize that I have been raised in a community that has drastically different rules and cultural norms than other communities in my country and other societies throughout the world.
I take pride in thinking of how others may react and respond to a situation differently than me, and I constantly question if what I have learned and accepted as the “norm” actually meshes with my moral belief system.
I value when people have their own opinions. But the tumblr post that commonunity refers to above makes me cringe to know that someone who considers themselves an anthropologist could hold such close-minded ideas.
“if you are dumb enough to be having sex before the age of 18, and you are with a douche-bag, then you have this kind of stuff coming for you.”
Which anthropologist has the right to make such a judgement? Which anthropologist has the right to say that the victim in a situation is to blame?
“Shame is the regret we feel if we do something stupid. If you are having multiple sexual encounters with people when you are still in high school you SHOULD feel shame. Shame usually causes people to change their behavior.”
Shame does not have a solid definition. It varies culture to culture. An anthropologist should know that and not presume to make such a statement—especially if they are trying to tie it to another subjective experience such as sexual encounter.
“But really. Who is stupid enough to NOT think that a young boy wouldn’t actually film them having sex or take photos of stuff and post it on the internet? To them it is like a trophy conquest of how many girls they had. Everyone knows that is how young guys are; because our society says that is how men should act and how women should be treated. If women though had half the brains however to say no to sex at under 18, and no to being treated like cattle, then the men would be forced to show respect, and wait until they are adults in order to have sex.”
It is the job of the anthropologist to question society, learn from it, and promote change for the better. It is sad that this “anthropologist” takes the stereotype of young boys and allows for it, perpetuates it, without even questioning it. Instead, an anthropologist should be asking “why, this is a culturally accepted norm?” and create an informed opinion about it by looking at it through a clearer lens, rather than take it as correct and at face value.
Again, I understand that this tumblr and everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs. But anthropologists are always vocal, so, get ready for critique if you claim yourself as one!