Re: mutilation and ritual

mike shupp (ms44278@HUEY.CSUN.EDU)
Fri, 12 Jul 1996 20:34:24 -0700

On Thu, 11 Jul 1996 wrote:

> Wow, Mike. I though I had mentioned that I had been conducting research on
> this topic for over ten years, had a book contract, did my MA thesis on it
> and was excited that for once, anthropologists were willing to discuss this
> as a Serious Stuff. I assume there are many people on this list who feel as
> you do, and they have chosen not to particpate in the discussion, but did not
> insult those of us who do consider what we are discussing as thinking. I
> think your post is insulting and extremely narrow minded. This too is meant
> as an observation and not an attack.

Sorry if you feel I stepped on your toe. That wasn't quite my
point. Obviously, I didn't phrase my thoughts very well.

Let me try once more: On a scale of one (low) to ten (high),
my personal interest in tattooing, piercing, etc. is about a 1.
Also on a scale of one to ten, the fact that presumably serious
other people have a high degree of interest in tattoing, etc.
rates about a 6-- _that_ says more about the general culture
to me than the original body modification business.

Is this clear?

Mike Shupp
California State University, Northridge