Dave Galanter
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Subj: Re: Another sociological question- fingers
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 at 07:57:13 pm EST (Viewed 557 times)
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Hey group,
I've got a new sociological question for the board. My previous one was about whether to prevent a tribe from killing someone for religious beliefs. This one is in the same vein.

You are an explorer and you encounter a tribe on an isolated island. (Make them the same race as yourself to avoid any other implications).

In this society, they have a mourning practice. When one of the male members of a family dies, the female members must cut off one of their fingers as a sign of grief. They do this voluntarily as a sign of respect to the dead. Some of the females have few or no fingers left and cannot perform basic tasks, such as feeding themselves. The tribe sees nothing wrong with the practice.

So what do you do? Do you leave them be, try to discourage the practice, or forcefully discourage the practice, or something else?
What's your line of reasoning? (Any variations on the scenario are welcome.)

The hypothetical posed reminded me of this.....

It's not hard to find approximately a dozen African nations that practice in sexual cleansing. There are a few different types, but two of the most common are:

- A young girl must have sex when she gets her first period.
- A widow must have sex with one of her dead husband's relatives.

In some cases the women go through with this willingly. The belief in some areas is that if they don't, bad things will happen to their town, and they will be to blame. In some cases though the women do not want to take part in the practice, but are physically forced to. This has in part contributed to the spread of AIDS. One reason many women try (too many try unsuccessfully) to avoid the tradition is because they are terrified of contracting AIDS and dying, and possibly leaving their children as orphans.

Taken out of a hypothetical, and now an actual example in the real world.....what can the first world nations do when third world nations practice ritual rapes that lead to the spread of AIDS?

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