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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Barbaric, and then some...

In the former Soviet state of Kyrgyz a practice known as "ala kachuu," which translates roughly as "grab and run" is one of the standard ways "men" use to acquire a bride. Sick of all the courting and the costs of the standard "bride price" (up to $800, plus a cow)? Easy, just kidnap your wife.

She might think less than kindly to your overtures though, and the occasional dead young woman does wash up on the riverbanks, but I guess it's all part of the game. The New York Times recently noted that:

Once a woman has been taken to a man's home, her future in-laws try to calm her down and get a white wedding shawl onto her head. The shawl, called a jooluk, is a symbol of her submission. Many women fight fiercely, but about 80 percent of those kidnapped eventually relent, often at the urging of their own parents.
Can anyone else say Stockholm Syndrome?

I don't give a rip about cultural relativism and being politically correct. This is a barbaric practice ranking right up there with female genital mutilation and slavery. Add circumcision to the list too if you want. I've got mixed feelings about that one, but anything that has been reported as making sexual sensation dulled to the point of being "compared to sight without colour" sure does make me a little resentful of my parents.


Blogger peb said...

The public rhetoric about concern for women while allowing such barbaric practices to continue is unbelievably hypocrisy, and outrageous with regard to human rights.

Until women are recognized as the unabashed recipients of discriminatory practices that stem from religious tradition, all forms of inhumane use will continue to remain their exclusive "privilege" disguised as lawful, or uncontrollable.

Without a true commitment to humane human rights, no nation belongs at the U.N. which promotes the Declaration of Human Rights as its central doctrine, but is ignored similar to the Constitution of the U.S.

From the mutilation of women to sex slavery and domestic servitude through debt slavery, the only thing missing is the dog collar and leash and that is provided by the conditioning of verbal commands and domestic violence, both public and private.

Why should the next generation be different from what they see now?

Humans need to wake up and smell the barbaric protocol.

3:38 PM  

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