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so this wh*** thing got started with this post here. you should check it out. lots of good back and forth going on there.

and i was going to talk about this anyways, but i've been holding off, because, well, its a big button issue....

cultural sensitivity is highly over rated.

wait!

stay with me here

a culture is just a collection of practices. that somehow got all glommed together and now its, i dunno, history and people and a link with something....

some of these cultural practices are not good

in some places in africa, they still practice the cutting of the rose. that's where they remove a womans clitoris when she comes of age. do i have your attention now?

in some cultures, they stone a wh*** family if a 30 yr olf man rapes a 12 yr old girl. they stone the little girl and her family.

in the americas, we spend more money on subsidizing the corn industry than we spend on foreign aid. Why? cause he's a farmer and his dad was a farmer and his dad before him ever since we came and killed the native people. it's culturally significant.

well, after that (and there is more, you know there is more), y'know, maybe i am not so concerned about culture all the time. not all of it at least. i'm not saying lets have a mcdonalds on every corner. i'm saying lets stop killing people, lets stop hurting and mutilating people, lets stop keeping people sick because some religious leader says so

enough already. it makes me sick. good people doing nothing, hiding behind a flimsy blood soaked curtain of 'cultural sensitivity'!

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Comment by Raymond M. Kristiansen on March 12, 2010 at 7:16pm
Democracy is not 'a western value'.

Barbaric behaviour is barbaric. The problem is that we think in terms of 'we' and 'them'. As if all Africans from X area think cutting of the rose is OK, for instance.
Comment by Jake Baird on March 12, 2010 at 7:19pm
I do beleive it would take a lot of courage to write this. I agree that horrible things happen around the world. The closest we will ever get to a universal culture is the United States. We can go out and change other cultures. To them, maybe, our culture is horrible. To set the bar saying every culture should be like ours would not only be wrong, but very dangerous.

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Comment by Jake Baird on March 12, 2010 at 7:19pm
can't* not can...
Comment by Comelia Tang on March 12, 2010 at 7:28pm
Sounds like another case of white men burden. But culture is one thing that is deeply embedded in people and is a sensitive issue, especially religion. It can't be altered and changed just like that. I agree with how barbaric these practices appear to people like us whom are brought up and educated in a westernized society, and trust me, it makes me sick to the stomach too and females circ**cision are part of the muslim culture on my side of the world. But we can't intervene and expect them to alter their culture just like that, we'll have to go around it....educate them, so on and so forth...but hey, I'm no expert on such matter. Let's hear what the others have to say.

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Comment by Jake Baird on March 12, 2010 at 7:35pm
I think a lot of peole are going to agree with us. Like we had all said in one way or another. As horrible it may seem to us, we are all raised different and in different cultures. The term is called, "culture shock." Culture shock is when you go from how you have been living in your culture and going to an entirely different culture's lifestyle.

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Comment by glim on March 12, 2010 at 7:40pm
i agree cornellia, culture is definitely deeply embedded. and it isn't easy to change. when people have bad habits they do all the time, it only effects them. when a culture does, it effects everyone. thousands of people end up suffering and dying, because we don't want to dirty our hands by moving quickly and decisively.

white man's burden, heh, i haven't heard that one in a while. like i said, i am not saying we go in and make them like us. all cultures have their little messed up things. white culture has a lot. i'm just saying that people like to say they are being culturally sensitive so nobody gets offended. they are mutilating people. offend them. sanction them. same goes for the u.s., lazy destructive oblivious people who want to save the world and couldn't even impeach a warmongering oil baron president....
Comment by Jake Baird on March 12, 2010 at 7:51pm
If you are refering to circ**cision, then it is up to the parent.

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Comment by glim on March 12, 2010 at 7:54pm
not all of us, but yeah, we picked up that cultural habit a while ago and don't let it go.

sorry for misspelling your name cornelia

one last thing to add. no one thought 'hey, we should go and just talk with himmler, educate the (white)man' we stomped on him. when the nazis do it, its crimes against humanity, how long do we need to wait till it gets to that point?
Comment by Comelia Tang on March 12, 2010 at 8:06pm
No worries =] Well...it is a very difficult issue to tackle I have to say. Honestly, I'm pretty stumped by what you've mentioned, you made a good point even though it came across as crude to us and it got me thinking. It is something people of such culture has came to accept, unlike those of the Nazi's genocide. But yeah...I'll keep track on your blog and see what's the others' views.
Comment by glim on March 12, 2010 at 8:23pm
I don't see @Panamericana. at would point did i say that was ok? i explicitly stated i wasn't going to list every single thing that people do in the name of culture, and i also said every culture has it's share of issues and mistakes. please explain where i contradicted myself.

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