Re: policy & legitimacy (child abuse)

mike shupp (ms44278@HUEY.CSUN.EDU)
Fri, 10 May 1996 22:28:46 -0700

On Thu, 9 May 1996, Michael Cahill wrote:

> I'd like to raise a question for the list: do
> you think that the "cast" of a culture can be in some sense abusive? I mean
> this in a Benedictian sense. For example, the issue of female circumcision
> or mutilation that I believe Adrienne DeArmas has already raised on this
> list. Does the practice reflect structural injustice of a sort that goes
> beyond what is seen in most of the world's cultures? So that our objection
> to the practice, if we have one, is really an objection to the cultural core
> itself? Or is our perception injustice more arbitrary, conditioned by our
> own cultural values?

Absolutely yes. Remember the Nazis.
Agnostic though I be, I think we are in danger of losing our
souls if we cease to evaluate and judge human behavior, in other culture
or our own.

Mike Shupp
California State University, Northridge