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Talk Of The Nation


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Talk Of The Nation

  1. 1. Talk of the Nation Ethical Relativism View By April Weis
  2. 2. Debate over West Africa women seeking political asylum <ul><li>African women does not want to return to her home because of her culture ritual practice of female genital mutilation. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Female genital mutilation (FGM) <ul><li>Practice is extreme and objectable. </li></ul><ul><li>Can you validate the practice is o.k.? Why or why not? </li></ul><ul><li>What if any type of FGM is acceptable? Why or why not? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s right for my culture won’t necessarily be what’s right for your culture. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Ethical relativism <ul><li>Represents the position that there are no moral absolutes, no moral right or wrong </li></ul><ul><li>No moral principles are true for all people at all times and in all places. </li></ul><ul><li>Our morals evolve and change with social norms over a period of time. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Opposed view <ul><li>Motivated by concerns regarding the consent. </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural practice to children is harmful. </li></ul><ul><li>Harmful to women's health, physical and mental. </li></ul><ul><li>Child and maternal mortality. </li></ul><ul><li>Violence against women, rights of the child, freedom from torture and rights to health and bodily integrity. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Positive View <ul><li>Enduring tradition in many societies and cultural groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Circumcision is seen as 'the machinery which liberates the female body from its masculine properties’. </li></ul><ul><li>Practice holds much cultural and marital significance. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Review web site and video to help with the class with further discussion <ul><li> </li></ul>
  8. 8. Notes <ul><li>I would also try to incorporate in the discussion, is our culture better? Why..We have laws to protect children and others from being tortured.. </li></ul><ul><li>Will women flood the U.S. to be protected from their cultural practice? Probably no d/t lack of resources and education </li></ul><ul><li>Bring up the issues of increase risk of HIV (very high in Africa). </li></ul><ul><li>Can you really look or justify this (FGM) at it in a ethical relativism view, that there is no right or no wrong to doing this. </li></ul><ul><li>February 6 is International Day Against Female Genital Mutilation </li></ul><ul><li>The need for education, to have changes. </li></ul>