Observation Reflection

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Observation Exercise In the United States, multiple body rituals are practiced that alter appearance both temporarily and permanently: plastic surgery, tattoos, piercings, tattoos, and make-up. All of these are present at Brandeis University, and each can be linked to broad concepts and more specific aspects of the United States culture. Piercings in particular are common in the United States and at Brandeis University, and they carry cultural significance as well as implications of social status. At Brandeis, the overwhelming majority of females across all classifications have piercings. At 6:30 P.M. during dinner time, Sherman Dining Hall has a large representation of students from around Brandeis University, consisting of over 300 students …show more content…
Females without piercings can be viewed as naive or “uncool”. Males with any piercing at all can be perceived as cool, rebellious, dangerous, or excessive. Males without piercings are considered normal. The way a subject is viewed in relation to his or her piercings ultimately depends on the subject’s overall culturally-accepted attractiveness and social status; the more attractive or well-liked someone is, the more likely the piercings will have positive …show more content…
Because university students are in early adulthood, they are more likely to experiment and take risks in their appearances and actions. Piercings are a way to express this rebelliousness visibly as they are frequently not considered professional or “adult”, aside from the classic single piercing on each ear for females. An example of this rejection would be the unacceptability anything other than the classic lobe piercings on a female in a professional work

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