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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.


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 Comelia Tang on March 13, 2010 at 10:04pm
Hey Guys! Both of you made good points from earlier comments yesterday, what's happening here? I know Glim meant well and he really wants to help, there's just misunderstanding I think. Glim being Glim, he doesn't want to see these people continue being mistreated and he's trying to get us to see his point. But I know most of us agree that this is a complex issue and there might not be immediate changes and we should discuss it again when everyone's calmed down. =]
Comment by Linda Holt on March 13, 2010 at 10:18pm
Thank you glim, for your personal note, and thanks everyone here, and for reaching out in peace. That we care for each other (relative strangers) and are passionate about making a difference is what will transform this planet. Everyone's contribution is urgent. . . and valuable.
Comment by turtle1 on March 14, 2010 at 12:57am
I think that people help where they can, where they are best suited to help, some join the peace corp some volunteer in their own country or protest in their own cointry as the case may be.

Its time to join together and do something concrete , together, rather than getting heated up and attacking eash other. Basically our goals are the same. Lets work on those goals , together
Comment by Edrian on March 14, 2010 at 2:13am
Hey! Come on guys! Chill out..
I believe that everyone is just trying to help out.
Glim, i got your point. I actually reread your post. And it appears to me that Panamericana is right about something like you're wiping other's ass before yours'. And i apologize for misinterpreting it. I agree with you that there are cultures that are messed up. But please don't say all cultures are messed up. There are still cultures that are nice to follow especially those in Asia.

Panamericana, I agree with glim that you're quite turning this out as a XXXvsZZZ. However, i think your right that we should focus to solve our own adversities first rather than others. Because i believe that you must have certain credibility about the thing that you've done great from your local country before doing things to other country while yours' is still messed up
Comment by Jane A.W. on March 14, 2010 at 3:45am
We all feel called to different issues - some 'at home'; others in the neighbor's yard. If you and the neighbor both agree that there is a problem, then why get upset if he offers to help. If he storms in and tells you how to FIX the problem, ok- then he's being an imperious twit. But I haven't seen that here - mostly the opposite.

Blame games, trying to argue who's country or culture is more 'problematic' than another's just ... well it just wastes time and p***** people off.

If one actually feels that what another has identified as a 'problem' is not a problem - that's a different thing. IN that case there may be worthwhile discussion. But I haven't seen anyone yet in any blog post try to say one person, or culture, or country, is better than another's.


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