Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Opression is relative.

I was discussing culture with my mom and she brought up the topic of female opression. Some countries are recently trying to bring back historic tradition of having laws such that require females to be entirely covered and escorted by their husbands at all times. There are also the laws requiring that females must provide sexual pleasure for their husbands.
My initial response: that's weird.
My thought out response: I can't relate to that.
Culture is a huge divider in relation. What I consider to be opression could just as equally mean liberation for some one of another culture. I'm not trying to say that these new laws of female opression are actually liberating. Although for some they may be but I cannot say for sure because I am not of the culture or in the same circumstances.
The break in relation doesn't stop at culture. There's age, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, health...