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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Marriage To a Child.

"This sobering image, showing a 40-year-old groom sitting beside his 11-year-old future bride in Afghanistan, brought Stephanie Sinclair top honors in the annual Photo of the Year contest sponsored by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)." Source- Spiegel

Where do we draw the line between accepted cultural practices and violation of basic human rights? Whose moral compass do we follow? Their country, their laws? Our beliefs forced on them? Neither sounds like a promising option.

If an international body, such as the UN, supplied benefits to its members provided they follow universal laws regarding children, would the dreaded "where would they stop? Where would they draw the line?" argument rear its decidedly inevitable head? Would they fear that the UN would go on to require members to only buy Coke products if they mandated laws against marriage with children? People love making the 'slippery slope' argument. It induces a comforting level of hysteria.

I don't know enough about the UN, but Afghanistan is a member. Perhaps the UN isn't interested in rocking this boat? Perhaps the benefits the UN provides wouldn't be enough to sway the government? Obviously, there are plenty of other countries that are both members of the UN AND permit marriage of an adult to a minor, but this is the one example I'm looking at now.

Your thoughts?

Oh, and to all the freaky weird pedophiles who found this blog because of this particular post's title, you're going to be disappointed. Google analytics scares me sometimes. Because I have had the words "sex" and "children" in my blog- either in unrelated posts or together in a post exposing the exploitation of children- all sorts of disgusting searches have led weirdos here for a split second before they realize these aren't the posts they're looking for.


ra said...

hey TL! Eid Mubarak!

peace, love and keep on rocking the blog world the only way you do!!!

Forsoothsayer said...

you'd be appalled to hear what the age in canada is.

the UN cannot impose real sanctions for these kinds of contraventions. this is one of the many problems with the UN.

kinzi said...

Teacher Lady, I made that mistake when talking about child sexual abuse. VERY SICK PEOPLE OUT THERE!

This is just awful, she could be his grandaughter. It should fall not only under pedophilia, but also child labor laws.

Forsooth...what is the age of consent in CA? I thought 16?

La Gitana said...

AGE OF CONSENT PEOPLE. *shudder* no I'm sorry, you can't tell me that having sex with a girl that barely has boobs is a cultural norm we should all just accept.

shlemazl said...

In Canada the age of consent is 18 years where the sexual activity involves exploitative activity, such as prostitution, pornography or where there is a relationship of trust, authority or dependency. This takes into account significant age difference and how the relationship evolved. For other sexual activity, the age of consent is 14 years.

Of cause all non-concensual sex is classified as rape.

You must be at least 16 to marry and then only with parental consent.

So, what was forsoothsayer getting at? Nothing's wrong with our law.

Carmen said...

I'm all about cultural relativism and try hard not to judge people, but the teacher and human in me would never be able to condone this abuse. I had a visceral reaction just looking at the picture.