Family, Neighbourhood, and Neighbours
Schools and Education
Relations between Sexes
Social and Political Life
6-7 September Incidents

Social Life

Relations between Sexes

The girls and boys in a neighbourhood were considered to be “friends.” To make advances to a “friend” was unthinkable. The loves among friends were platonic. Boys and girls used to meet and flirt at the pudding shops.

When girls and boys strolled around it was called “showing oneself.” The girls used to lead and the boys followed them, giggling and talking. There were secret exchange of letters, furtive glances, and rarely going to the movies. 

There were pleasure cruises on the Bosphorus, and boys and girls would stroll under the moonlight.


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