Long skirts and long questions
March 30, 2012 10:30 AM Subscribe
Do you know of a cultural group that fits this phenotype?
posted by ladypants to society & culture (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The other day in Philadelphia, I saw a group of 30 people that appeared to be an extended family of a few generations. Almost everybody was wearing black, but a few people were wearing solid somber colors. The women and girls all had long hair tied back in a ponytail and wore dark ankle length skirts. All the people in the group had dark brown to black hair, and deep complexions. The men mostly wore black sport coats or black button down shirts. Nobody was wearing a hat or headscarf. Some people were speaking a language I couldn't understand.
I'm just curious if this phenotype fits a distinct cultural group that you're familliar with. I've seen a lot of Amish, Pensylvania Dutch, mennonite, and Orthadox Jewish families around Philadelphia, but this family looked different from the families I've seen before. Who knows, the could be very dark skinned Amish, or Orthodox Sephardic Jews. They could just be a family fond of long skirts.
I plan to treat everyone with respect, so it doesn't really matter too much whether or not I know their cultural identification - I'm just curious. And if I know the culture, I can read up on any particular customs the group may have and try to be more accomodating if I encounter more people from the same cultural group.