We no longer needed the approval of our dads and the days of being chaperoned while on a date were firmly rooted in the history books.The ladette era of the 90’s prompted females to demand independence and if they wanted to have a one night stand and walk away in the morning, they were going to do it, whether their public reputation was tarnished or not.I was truly shocked and over the next five years would hear of many other regional traditions.
Yet in the large cities that have adopted western trends such as Istanbul and Izmir, you will openly see young couples kissing and cuddling in public and women in bars.
Gardens were filled with goats and chickens running around bundles of chopped firewood.
The local teahouses were filled with old men assessing the foreigners who had so abruptly arrived in their village.
Any man who could knock the milk bottle off the roof could ask for the daughters hand in marriage.
The father would then asses the suitor’s financial position and the ability to provide for his daughter and the children that would be born so soon after the wedding.