Afghan Woman

Topics: Sociology, Anthropology, Cultural relativism Pages: 2 (583 words) Published: November 3, 2012
Afghan Woman Prisoner

Ethnocentrism is the practice of judging another culture by the standards of ones own culture (pg. 54). Ethnocentrism is also the belief in the inherent superiority of one’s own ethnic group or culture. There are different levels of ethnocentrism such as: equality, sensitivity, indifference, avoidance and disparagement. Ethnocentrism leads to conflict, cultural shock, stereotyping, discrimination, and prejudice that lead negative attitude towards a person because of a group they are affiliated with.

Cultural Relativism is the practice of judging a culture by its own standards (pg. 54) it maybe difficult for travelers to adapt to. It requires not only openness to unfamiliar values and norms but also the ability to put aside cultural standards we have known all of our lives.

“Afghan Woman Prisoner,” a heart-throbbing article that opened my eyes into seeing what is really going on around the world, while I live a life where I worry about not liking certain food for supper. Ethnocentrism played a huge role in the article, especially the society of being a woman, living in a lost civilization in Afghanistan. Gulnaz was raped by her cousin’s husband, who “forced his way into her home, tied her up, and then raped her.” However, when courageous enough to report it to Afghan police, she was accused of adultery and sent to prison. Afghan were too proud of ruining their reputation, saving face was the only thing they can do to maintain their name in the village and so sending her to prison was their way of saving face.

In my point of view, it is wrong to imprison young women for crime that were against their culture and religion. These so-called “moral crime” seems to be worthless work that Afghan law finds to be right…in their mind. They are being treated with no equality, justice nor respect. In my society, we value women and respect them to the fullest. It’s very different to see the cultural differences and realize that others have...
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