Re: good-bye

John DUAmato (jdamato@CLN.ETC.BC.CA)
Wed, 26 Jan 1994 16:17:29 -0800

I have been lurking on this board for a couple of months now , and I must
say that I agree with those expressing dissatisfaction with its content.
I completed my undergrad work in the old fashioned "four subfields" of
anthropology and am at present teaching while also working toward a grad
degree in computer systems. I subscribed to the list as a tool in
addition to expensive journals to stay current in the field. So far I have
encountered little that was not settled during a "pub class" following
Anthro 101.

I can only assume that the oversupply of under-employed anthropologists
has left many with too much time for theoretical musings and naval gazing.

In recent years, many have voiced the concern that society has failed to
recognize the contribution that anthropologists can make to society. I can
only say that if the postings I have read during my time on the system are
indicative of our contribution, they have not missed much.

John A. Damato

On Tue, 25 Jan 1994, Dawn Atkins wrote:

> Here! Here! I agree with Michael. I became an anthropologist to
> look at the diversity of human experience. My study and experiences
> in anth have always been really fascinating. This list, so far, has
> not been. I will give a little while, but if others of us who are
> bored with this don't start posting, I will have to leave to.
> So, is there anyone out there doing feminist anthropology. I am
> considering a feminist anth program and have always focused my work
> on the gender experience in Western culture. Most of my work has
> centered in body image (such as the way culture's try to control
> female bodies i.e. in America thru dieting, violence and reproductive
> issues). I am also doing quite a lot with the way the "divine" is
> defined in terms of gender.
> This is a place to start...
> Dawn Atkins