So you have all these anthropologists in distant jungles studying the aboriginal people. I’ve read a lot of that stuff over the years (mostly as a kid and in National Geographics) and to me the anthrops always came across as detached scientific guys, looking at the savages like other scientists might study raccoons or protoplasm. But the fact is that they are humans as are their subjects, and I’ve wondered about the human interaction between the two. (Especially as their subjects probably can’t relate to the whole concept of scientific study to begin with.) And these people spend long stretches of time in these isolated places.
So, what about sex? Do any of these anthrops find themselves becoming strangely attracted to some of their “subjects” after the long months in the jungle? I imagine it might violate some scientific code to form a relationship or otherwise conjugate with the subjects, but who is to know? And people do a lot of things of this sort that violate all sorts of codes. But I’ve never heard of such a thing happening.
And so too for violence. Many of these cultures being studied are extremely violent, including headhunters and the like. And yet, the anthrops seem strangely immune to all this. Somehow the natives know that you don’t touch scientists. Is this for real?
And then there’s the combination of sex and violence, i.e. rape. You would think that even if the anthrops were consistently above sexual relations with the tribespeople, the latter themselves might have other ideas. Most of these cultures don’t have precisely the same moral guidelines as Western civilizations do, and you would think it might occur to some primitive guy that this anthropologist babe might make a good wife or at least be good for a short-term fling. But you never hear of this either.
Or maybe just I don’t. I’m not an expert on any of this. Perhaps others can fill me in.