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Cultural Relativism VS Ethnocentrism Sexuality in the Western World has been a taboo for hundreds of years essentially from the time of the Roman Empire however it has always been openly discussed and practiced in other parts of the world A cultural relativist would look at different cultures and their habits and practices and he would not judge them as being wrong Instead she would study the reasoning behind these strangeunique actions and evaluate why and how this works for this specific culture For example on the far islands of Fiji a mother would calm her infant down by performing a version of oral sex or stroking his penis Although this is not commonly practiced in our culture a cultural relativist would not judge whether this is right or wrong she would assess the success rate of the desired effect and mark this practice as yet another difference between the many people of our planet An ethnocentrism on the other hand does not believe that there are any unique cultures or societies She preaches that only hisher culture is the correct one and even the slightest deviation from that is wrong Therefor a western ethnocentrist would mark that mother on the Fiji island as being sick and as corrupting her child This ethnocentrist would refer back to hisher culture Judeo-Christian and illustrate why this practice is morally wrong and socially unacceptable Cultural Relativists are open-minded people who do not judge others habits and rituals but rather look at each culture as unique and as a source of knowledge andor wisdom Ethnocentrists believe that their culture and society is the best and the only correct culture and society Ethnocentrism does not think of other societies as unique but rather as wrong
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