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Cultural Relativism and Photography

Just in time for Christmas! Spiegal Online discusses Unicef's photo of the year, which, in case you haven't seen it yet, is the wedding portrait of a forty year old Afghani man and his eleven year old bride.

Our eyes behold an abomination. Our eyes have learned to see the world from the perspective of a slowly acquired sense for humanity. And although more and more voices tell us that we -- the former colonialists and imperialists -- have lost the right to judge other cultures, we know just as well as this girl that this marriage is wrong..

I think cultural relativism is an interesting subject. I'm one of those people who has what I call Captain Kirk morality: I'm accepting of other people until I see their actions hurting others, in which case I'm ready to photon torpedo some asses.

In fairness, I don't think I've ever had a conversation where relativism wasn't easily rebutted. All one generally has to do is bring up FGM or black tire executions.

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caitri
Dec. 22nd, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
FGM = Female Genital Mutilation.

Black tire executions = killing someone by putting a tire around their neck, filling it with petrol, and lighting it on fire. Used quite often on women, children, and elders in South Africa and roundabouts during their periodic witch-hunting crazes.
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caitri
Dec. 22nd, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)
Don't it just?
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