September 30th, 2003


Twelve year old gets married...

Those damn, crazy Roma. *shakes head*


OK, so look at it this way, it's not a legal marriage. And so what if they are having sex, it's not like they wouldn't be in a year or two anyway?

No, I'm kidding, you know I am....sort of.

OK, so perhaps I don't agree that a twelve year old should be married, (course she doesn't look that twelve, but it could be the photo). But sometimes I wonder about people's outrage over human rights violations, not neccessarily because there are rights being violated, but because of the ethics we impose of a culture that's not our own.

How many times do we, rich, Western, capitalists that we are, look at a society such as in Saudi Arabia and get angry that women are made to cover themselves. Those women's rights are being VIOLATED! Oooooohhhh. But in their culture, they are seen as protecting their virtue. After all, it wasn't so long ago our culture did the same thing. Women were a commodity, and you don't want damaged goods do you. OK, so that thinking is a bit archaic, but we used to think that. Suddenly, a hundred years go by, and we are hypocritical enough to thumb our noses at other nations who still believe in the sanctity of womanhood. Seriously, sometimes I wonder if they don't have a point there with their covering up women. I know of some women here who should cover up more.

Now I'm not saying that there aren't some truly harsh human rights violations. Stoning a woman for having a baby after a divorce, that's too harsh. Perhaps cutting off hands of theives is a little harsh too, but I threatened to do that to my younger siblings as a child. And marrying children is perhaps not the wisest thing, though it was known to happen even in our cultures past, more as a business arrangement than a sexual one. But really, when do we start realizing that pushing our values onto other cultures is not only hypocritical, but it makes them NOT LIKE US! Perhaps never, at least not while there is a Patriot Act going around.


It's a hard lesson I've had to learn since learning bits about the Muslim and Jewish communities, I can't place my values on them because they don't get it. And likewise, they will never get the reason I hold the values I do, because it's foriegn to them. Perhaps it's better in this world if we agree to disagree, and allow life to move as it will.

But then we couldn't have nifty wars and stuff.
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