Essay On Cultural Relativism

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Cultural relativism is used by regimes to justify their own appalling human rights records that suppress and threaten women’s rights, and to justify their refusal to protect and promote human rights amongst excluded groups such as women. They, in the name of culture, pave the way to facilitate their demands and their tyranny. Cultural relativism is the assertion that human values, far from being universal, vary a great deal according to different cultural perspectives. It sees peoples’ rights as insensitive to cultural differences and an instrument of oppression itself. Cultural relativity generally has not spoken out, for example, against the practices which violate human rights in many countries. There are a lot of harmful traditional and…show more content…
Cultural relativist interpretation of Islam is patriarchal and discriminatory when instilled with cultural practices and patriarchal beliefs. Thus, Islamic cultural interpretations conflict with, indeed contradict, Qur’anic principles of equality and justice. In fact, Islamic cultural interpretations of Islam reflect masculine and patriarchal prejudices in ways that favor the discriminatory legal norms and serve to the benefit of men to justify the denial of women’s rights in the name of…show more content…
Cultural relativism may be argued to be in conflict with gender equality. Such conflict arises in the context of almost all religious norms and cultural practices formulated and interpreted in a patriarchal way. Accordingly, this conflict between cultural relativism and gender equality has become a major issue in the international arena. This is so as cultural relativism facilitates the domination and subordination of women and stems the tide of women’s equality. It also directly influences women’s rights, for example, by not allowing women to work, preventing women from property and inheritance rights or restricting women’s ability to move freely in public
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