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February 16, 2014 Cultural Differences I grew up with a mother who believed to her core, that culture is one’s immune system. I understood it be a protective layer around us when we enter the world to help us remember who we are and combat the urge to erase our differences when they appear. When understanding it as that, it is easier to discuss controversial cultural practices such as favoring male children above female children to the point of abuse. It is my belief that one must develop a relationship with one’s culture early in their development so that when analyzing cultural practices they understand the value within them as well as the face valued actions being discussed. One must look at the historical context and the motives behind the practice to truly be able to brand it good or bad. When looking at traditions and culture from this lense, it evident that culture is an integral part of success, despite its negative connotations. Author Nawal El Saadawi, comes from an Egyptian background where female circumcision is heavily practiced. She, herself was circumcised at the age of six. There are varying reasons behind female circumcision, many being religious and cultural.
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