- Mme. Muluzi is right in wanting to change certain practices, but polygamy,
and circumcision rites do not need to be stopped. Plus I am oh so tired of
people falling on the "our culture will be lost, etc." argument.
Polygamy (<like polyandry> not a practice I participate in, but nor one that
I condemn), in itself is not dangerous. If one person sleeps with five
others, then none of the six is at risk of catching an STD, if each enters
the union disease-free.
Same as circumcision. The practice itself can be altered (using clean
instruments each time), or even same instrument for a group of youngsters
who have not been exposed to HIV/STDs previously. I know, I know...no
fluids should be given the chance to transmit between two people, etc., but
that in itself is another fight.
It is when one of these six individuals in the polygamous union stray for
whatever reason, or one gets pricked by a needle, or shoots up, or gets a
disease any other fashion. This person could be set aside, or have a condom
used when conjugating.
It is too easy to blame culture or hide behind it to resist change. I heard
that in the Yao culture, the grandparents initiate the youngsters, or that
an old man will initiate all the women coming of age. Don't know if it i
strue, but I believe all religions/belief systems would certainly have in
themselves controls to prevent extinction. If you allow free sex,
uncontrolled, unfettered, then soon, all the tribe/family/village would die
Kudos for trying to change, but boos on the methods and rationale.
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