Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)
Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Friday, January 16, 2009


I read an article yesterday about child brides in Afghanistan, and some head Mufti bloke defending the practice said something along the lines of 'it's unfair to these young girls to say that they are not mature enough for marriage. A girl of 10 or 12 is well able to perform her wifely duties and chores.'

Yeah, head Mufti bloke, that's what's unfair. Not stealing the youth of a child, not a kid having to marry some 50 year old creep, not child labour, certainly not pedophilia.

No, what's really unfair is saying that a kid isn't mature enough to do the ironing.


onlinesoph said...

Hearing about this practice always makes me upset and angry, as does honour killings (when a girl who is raped or considered "shameful" is killed for the honour of the family).

Pedro said...

The thing with these religions / cultures is that this stuff has been going on forever. Only by virtue of the media and the intra-net do we now have exclusive rights to see all these outlandish practices going on around the world..

I agree. Unfathomable that this sort of behaviour is tolerated, much less, condoned.


In a culture where daily life is so far removed from our regulation 'mollycoddling' how do even begin to think we have the right to draw a line/

Just playing devil's advocate here (you know me!) but for all intents and purposes...Its all talk and no action. We might as well sell newspapers for all the good it will do. Talking about it that is.

I MUST strenuously express that i am disgusted with that partucular story (and the honour killings, don't get me started on that) but, some moron civil rights activist who has nothing better to do than defend some paedophile in the name of religion/culture will tell us to 'leave him alone'.

I think the morality of those who feel it is more important to defend the rights of the offender rather than the victim, needs to be challenged foremost..
Then we can get in there and really
make a difference, no?

Ruth said...

It's sick isn't it.