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05/02/2010

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Aksen

I am currently in Kayseri too. With great interest I read your insights on Kayseri; my parents hometown. I, as an Australian Turk, share most of your insights, and disagree with some. But Turkey as the next cutting edge Muslim nation will not be reformed from its religious identity as the very thing that makes Turkey what it is today is simply its faith; Islam.

Al

I partly agree with your views about Turkey in a fascinated way. Great analogies to America's 50's and 60's too! In many interior Anatolian towns/cities of Turkey, many of Turkish citizens are like how you are observed! When it comes to so many Turkish cities/towns in western part of Turkey, I can not say the same things! Numerous women nowadays do have quite daring outfits with low decoltage and are dating freely in those many settlements (West of Turkey) !!! Change their male counterparts at will, if they're not pleased with them by any means. Numerous turkish films have sexual scenes since decades, this including heterosexual and homosexual ones. Even the turkish soap operas have mundane, habitualized sexual encounters as well. Turkish female/male singers have the most sheer, overtly sexual clips! Women also are way more active in job sectors, as skilled, educated white and blue collar workers in western settlements of Turkey. Last but not least, important part of the youth in big cities are not into structured religions any more. Many believe in higher power, some agnostic or even atheistic. Please keep up the good work. I am your follower!

Feti

As a Turk living in US/Canada, I have been always using the same analogy when trying to explain the life in Turkey in general. Apparently I was not alone. It would be an interesting heatmap if we were to show which parts of Turkey live in which decade of US. Going down to the neighborhood level, you can find small pockets of people in Istanbul living in 2000s and 2010s of US, but most of the country is, as you have put forward, in 50s or 60s from a social perspective.

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