Elongating the lower lips in an Ethiopian Tribe for instance would by most people be seen as wrong and cruel. but they still practice it. is it 'wrong' to say that practice is wrong?
Beware, its a little graphic: h ttp://nagarjunaa.blogspot.com/2010/03/insane-tribal-body-modifications.html
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I think it's good and productive to say you think something is wrong as long as your criticism is thoughtful and doesn't represent yourself and your own culture as the standard of morality and arbiter of justice.
E.g. There's a lot of feminist debate about cultures that practice female genital cutting (FGC) in more traditional communities of Africa. Some traditional Western feminists would argue that FGC is a form of cruelty and call for its abolition. But others argue that in the West, we have normalised similar cultural practices in the form of breast augmentations (and all other manner of cosmetic surgery), and to some degree, male circumcision could be analysed through the same lens. So does that make all of these cultural practices a form of cruelty? Or are they an exercise of freedom? At what point can exercising one's freedoms (to practice FGC/boob job) become a form of broader cultural repression?
Anyway, that particular discussion could get huge, but the point is that I don't think it's wrong or ethnocentric to criticise another culture SO LONG AS you can turn the mirror onto yourself at the same time.
Actually, I would think it's healthy to ask these kinds of questions with an HONEST commitment to freedoms, instead of the prosaic PC responses every time...1