It only takes an educated girl to change a family, a nation

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V for Vendetta

December 15th, 2011
12:16 pm

Although I understand the reasons for posting this on an education blog, I think what it highlights is for me a far more philosophical issue–primarily the fact that all cultures, faiths, and beliefs do NOT deserve to be equally respected or honored. Any culture–repeat, ANY culture,including our own–that subjugates the individual rights of another person or tolerates the subjugation of those rights is, at the very least, not to be respected. At most, it should be stopped. To me, the barbaric mutilation of female genitalia, the marrying of child brides, or the denial of gays the right to marry are ALL human rights violations. They stem from antiquated and abhorrent belief systems that have no place in the modern world. They seek to chain us to the bigoted and tiny world views of our ancestors, views that were often based on little more than the wish to control others.

When will we as a species move beyond such ignorance and stupidity? The right of the individual to live his or her life is the supreme right of all–beyond the reach of government, of people, and of any made up spiritual beliefs that mean nothing to those who don’t share them. There is nothing sacred in this world other than the right of the individual.

Im sure many people will attack me because I’ve pointed out that their stupid beliefs are one of the biggest causes of human suffering in the world. They’ll say, “not MY beliefs. Mine are different.” Sure they are. They’ll say that I’m wrong for calling their beliefs “stupid,” that I should show some respect. Why? They are stupid. I mean what I say. You choose to believe in something that denies to consenting adults the right to form a legal union. That’s stupid. You believe in something that is used to justify hate and oppression all over the world–and has done so for many centuries. That is stupid. You believe in something for which there is no tangible evidence. That is stupid.

But I’m sure I’m wrong for wanting people to live free of cultures, customs and faiths that seek to hold them down or worse.

V for Vendetta

December 15th, 2011
12:18 pm

carlosgvv

December 15th, 2011
12:24 pm

How often does this happen in Iraq and Afghanistan? Are countries who practice this and other despicible things actually worth the lives of our soldiers?

alm

December 15th, 2011
1:10 pm

It reminds me of The Girl Effect.
http://www.girleffect.org/video

Dekalbite@Maureen

December 15th, 2011
4:05 pm

This is a powerful and inspiring video. A country can’t discriminate against 50% of their population and expect to succeed in today’s global economy. Social justice and opportunity creates a sustainable middle class. The more education girls receive, the less children they have as women, and the healthier those children are. If we want a healthier planet, we’ll care about the empowerment of girls and women everywhere. Thanks for the link.

NONPC

December 15th, 2011
4:54 pm

While all that has been said (and the video) may be true, most of the world still treats women (for the most part) like property.. that includes girl children. But the West is conflicted , and (paralyzed) unable to do anything meaningful about it. The Republicans would denounce many of those religions/cultures, and go to war (actual or economic) to affect change that would positively affect the status of girls. Democrats, who led the fight for women’s rights in THIS country, will denounce the war and promote those religions/cultures as every bit the equal of our own. It is a strange juxtaposition.

I am not so concerned about the age of women when they marry. Historically, women had to start having children when they were biologically able because 1) child mortality was high and 2) adult life expectancy was low. A women could not wait until age 25 to marry when she would normally die by age 40 or 45. In many African countries, this is STILL true. Only with the advent of modern antibiotics and medicine has the age of consent been pushed out to the 20s. But watch our antibiotics start to fail (it is already happening) and we will see the age of marriage of girls drop to 13-15 once again. So being against “child brides” is not morally defensible unless a country has adequate cradle to grave medical care.

Until we, as a country, can bring ourselves to admit that not all cultures are equal, until we can modern medicine to the remote corners of the world, until we can affect lasting cultural change in other countries, this is not a situation that will change in our lifetime, or in the lifetimes of our children or grandchildren

bootney farnsworth

December 15th, 2011
5:27 pm

quite the collection of politically feel-good buzzwords.

Sade

December 15th, 2011
7:05 pm

Change can begin now ~ all it takes is the power of one and the ripple effect will cause it to spread. You can do something now, however small. To acknowledge the problem is also a beginning. Girls deserve a chance.

Anonmom

December 15th, 2011
8:46 pm

A lot of this is about needing to do away with “political correctness” — as American’s we have a history and there’s a lot within in our history that is good (okay, some is not so good but nothing is perfect). With “political correctness” you can’t openly criticisize and correct issues that are outside “norms” that make society great. I think we see this in “spades” in parts of the current black and other poor minority comminities where the “family” has fallen by the wayside and women are also having babies at ages 13-15 but out of wedlock and with many different men in order to “capitalize” on government handouts…. here is a video “showcasing” parts of the world where women are still treated as property — there was a bombing in Belgium yesterday because one of its court’s dared to rule against someone for an “honor killing” against a Pakistani so the Pakistani (muslims) retaliated with a bomb at the courthouse, killing some…including a harming a baby… political correctness says we’re not supposed to criticize the culture that finds this to be “okay” — we don’t know what the honor killing was about but oftentimes it was because the woman was raped and she is treated as the victim. Israel is treated as the “wrongdoer” and gets a “bad name” yet it is the only democaracy in the Middle East and the only place where women are treated well and have rights, including Arab women, who are treated better there than elsewhere. We don’t hear about western women who go into Palestinean territory and who are raped — look at the journalist who was raped in Egypt last year…. there are cultures out there who don’t give a hoot about women as “equal” citizens and political correctness doesn’t allow for us to really address these issues.

SoGAVet

December 15th, 2011
10:49 pm

Fortunately these things aren’t happening (to my knowledge) in the USA…unfortunately, other than providing a solid message, the video offered no tangible way to help.

Truth in Moderation

December 16th, 2011
3:49 am

The video is politically correct brainwashing. It states sinful actions against young women/girls and claims the solution is birth control and education leading to careers outside the home. Isn’t this what the globalists have pushed on America? How’s that working for us? The divorce rate is about 50%. Sex slave trafficking of children abounds (just check out Penn State or Boy’s Town). Children grow up in daycare and working- for- paycheck moms are too busy to involve themselves at kid’s school. They produce young men who write “who would you like to rape” on a college fraternity questionnaire. The abortion rate ( with many girls injured from procedures) has skyrocketed. Our economy is bankrupt to the tune of $31 TRILLION. Our government education quality is in steady decline. We have been at war (we are the aggressors) since 2001. Our Constitutional Rights have been legislated away, WITHOUT A BAAA! FROM THE SHEEPLE. Yes, the film gives a formula for success…NOT!
This is just the globalist plan to reduce the population and break up the family.
Ron Paul gets it. He reads America’s obituary:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeCpLcjxOq4&feature=related

V for Vendetta

December 16th, 2011
8:15 am

Ron Paul also doesn’t believe in Evolution; therefore, he is a moron. You two have a lot in common, eh?

Dr NO / Mr Sunshine

December 16th, 2011
8:42 am

“Change can begin now ~ all it takes is the power of one and the ripple effect will cause it to spread. You can do something now, however small. To acknowledge the problem is also a beginning. Girls deserve a chance.”

Thanks for that!! I feel really warm and fuzzy!

LeeH1

December 16th, 2011
9:34 am

However, there are many benefits for child brides. The Prophet Mohammed married one of his wives, Ayesha, when she was only five years old, and she grew up to become a very respected and revered woman in Islam.

Anonmom

December 16th, 2011
9:52 am

Good day care produces much better students than kids who are latch key… watch your perspectives.

Lee

December 16th, 2011
10:42 am

Ron Paul:
- Flight surgeon in the US Air Force
- OB/GYN who has delivered over 4000 babies
- Author of several books
- Leading advocate for a limited, Constitutional government

Moron? Not hardly.

Lee

December 16th, 2011
11:43 am

:::yawn:::

We’ve been “educating” girls in this country for decades, but we still have sub-groups that have 75%+ illegitimacy rates and whose culture is one that over 60% report some form of sexual abuse/assault by age eighteen.

But, the politically correct pathogens will not let anyone talk about it.

The biggest question is “Why, given this prevalent culture, would any industialized country allow these third worlders to invade and corrupt the culture of the host country?” To see an example, just Google “sexual assaults in Oslo” where 100% of the sexual assaults have been commited by non-western men.

Kevin Coon

December 16th, 2011
10:19 pm

This was a great video. I’m sorry to see that some saw it as an opportunity to push for their side in the Republican primaries. They miss the point that female rights are human rights. Study after study (the facts, nothing but the facts) show that when women are educated their families and their communities all benefit. Lower birth rates, lower infant mortality,better health, greater respect for human rights. Here is an idea our family is doing this year for Christmas. Instead of gifts we don’t need we are donating the money to female literacy programs. We are also encouraging our friends and families to do the same. Help make the world a better place, one step at a time.

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DekalbIte@Lee

December 17th, 2011
12:49 pm

“We’ve been “educating” girls in this country for decades, but we still have sub-groups that have 75%+ illegitimacy rates and whose culture is one that over 60% report some form of sexual abuse/assault by age eighteen.”

The data says we’ve been very successful at educating women in the U.S. There is a gender gap that grows wider every year. The future belongs to the literate. Look at where women are now:
“Of the more than 3 million college degrees for the Class of 2009, women will earn close to 60% of those degrees (1,849,200), or almost 149 degrees for every 100 degrees earned by men.

And it’s now official: Women dominate men at every level of higher education, in terms of degrees conferred. Here’s the breakdown for graduates of the class of 2009:

Associate’s Degrees: 167 for women for every 100 for men.

Bachelor’s Degrees: 142 for women for every 100 for men.

Master’s Degrees: 159 for women for every 100 for men.

Professional Degrees: 104 for women for every 100 for men.

Doctoral Degrees: 107 for women for every 100 for men.”

….
“For all levels of higher education, women have earned more college degrees than men in every year since the Class of 1982, and the degree gap has widened in every year since then, and is expected to widen in the future through the 2016-2017 year…”

http://mjperry.blogspot.com/2009/06/women-dominate-higher-education-at.html

Prof

December 17th, 2011
1:20 pm

Lee, 11:43 am. “We’ve been “educating” girls in this country for decades, but we still have sub-groups that have 75%+ illegitimacy rates and whose culture is one that over 60% report some form of sexual abuse/assault by age eighteen. … Just Google “sexual assaults in Oslo” where 100% of the sexual assaults have been commited [sic] by non-western men.”

Lee, Lee, you’re at it again, with your false analogies, insufficient causes for effects, and non sequiturs.

These rates of illegitimacy and sexual abuse may just as well be due to socioeconomic class as to race, as you imply. And the rates of sexual assault in Oslo have absolutely nothing to do with those rates in this country.

Nor have you stated the degree of female education in those “subgroups” and “cultures,” so your point is irrelevant to the topic here in the first place.