by Nene

One thing I like about anthropology is that it is increasingly showing me that there is no neutrality to life. Whether one is upper-middle class and going on a safari or a lower class single mother, there is no “normal” and to think in such simplistic terms misses the point. This validates my thinking deeply about my choices in life, and it is comforting to find after so many years of feeling eccentric for not being mainstream American and feeling like there was something wrong with me—turns out I just see further than what is fed to me. // But this too, of course, is a product of my socialization and place in life as somewhat of an outsider in American suburban society.