For all the dizzy liberals out there who smugly quote Stewart Lee over political correctness and think they are cleverer than they are I strongly urge you to read closely for once how your extreme cultural relativism easily gives birth to moral relativism on an unprecedented scale. This makes me sick and Wednesday’s documentary will no doubt make for harrowing viewing. Article from the Evening Standard, bold sections emphasised by me:
”A Londoner who suffered female genital mutilation has warned that political correctness is hampering the fight to stamp it out after asking people to sign a fake petition in its favour.
Leyla Hussein, 32, said many were scared to speak out against FGM because they were worried about criticising another culture.
She decided to conduct an experiment to see “how crazy political correctness has become” but was left in tears by the end.
Approaching shoppers with the petition supporting FGM, she told them she wanted to protect her “culture, traditions and rights”.
In only 30 minutes 19 people signed it with some saying they believed FGM was wrong but because it was part of Ms Hussein’s culture they would add their names. Only one person refused to sign.
Her campaign against FGM is the subject of a Channel 4 documentary, The Cruel Cut, which features the shocking scenes where she asks people to sign the petition.
Speaking after the experiment in Northampton, Ms Hussein broke down and said she was scared by people’s reactions.
“I kept using the word ‘it’s just mutilation’. They were like ‘yes, you are right’. How can anyone think that’s okay?”
She added: “FGM is not culture, it is violence. Stop using the culture word. This is happening to children. We are human beings, we can’t watch children being cut, I don’t care what culture you belong to.”
Ms Hussein, who is co-founder of the anti-FGM charity Daughters of Eve, is calling on the Home Office to take responsibility for drawing up an action plan to eliminate FGM in this country.
No single government department has responsibility for ending FGM. Instead, work is shared between the Home Office, departments of Health and Education, the Ministry of Justice and Crown Prosecution Service. The documentary follows Ms Hussein as she tries to secure an interview with Home Secretary Theresa May, and features the upsetting stories of a group of FGM survivors living in the UK, some of whom have been left wetting the bed or unable to have children.
It also highlights the impact that articles published in the Evening Standard have had on the fight against FGM. More than 66,000 women in the UK have already undergone FGM and about 24,000 girls are at risk.
Although the practice has been outlawed in Britain since 1985, it is still carried out. Victims are typically from families who moved to the UK from countries such as Somalia, Sudan, Senegal and Egypt, where it is widespread. Ms Hussein, who was cut when she was seven in Somalia, said: “Four women held me down and cut my clitoris. I felt every single cut. I was screaming so much I just blacked out.”
The documentary, to be broadcast next week, comes after public health minister Jane Ellison warned that vulnerable girls were being failed because people do not want to be seen as “culturally insensitive”.
In an interview with the Evening Standard she said: “Because of that caution, bizarrely we’ve ended up protecting these vulnerable girls the least.” Ms Ellison condemned FGM as child abuse and said she was determined to end decades of failure to protect women.
The Cruel Cut will be shown on Channel 4 on Wednesday, November 6 at 10.45pm.”
Political correctness and a modern cultural relativism that offers no scrutiny or analysis of cultural and social trends in countries around the world simply has nothing to say when groups or individuals settle in the UK and shout about their ‘rights’ to maintain barbaric practices. Cultural relativism in this sense (not in the original investigative anthropological sense) clearly lends itself to opening the door to moral relativism.
The people being approached by Ms Hussein had such a fear of not being seen to be politically correct, such an inherent knee jerk refusal to challenge another cultural belief that they willingly signed up to legitamise the brutalising of their fellow human. This is profoundly frightening stuff in that a kind of internal oppression has occured. People have allowed abstractions such as political correctness to strictly govern how they must act in society. I repeat the quote –they believed FGM was wrong but because it was part of Ms Hussein’s culture they would add their names. The public’s visceral and natural disagreement with the violent process was *superseded* by an Orwellian sense of duty to the amoral ideology of multiculturalism and political correctness. A sinister worship of political correctness removed their social ability and duty in relating to other humans in a moral capacity so they were at ease in actively authorising the unthinkable.
The cult like wish not to offend overrode their morality and sense of what is unacceptable. In short, the *appearance* of being liberal and tolerant has for many totally obliterated their ability to differentiate right from wrong to the extent to which they will put their name in black and white to virtually any horror in the name of ‘diversity’ and tolerating other cultures. How has this happened? Only one person had managed to avoid such conditioning and refused to permit this gross abuse. No stormtroopers or state thugs are needed to beat people into submission in cool Britannia, we are doing it ourselves with our blind grovelling to empty ‘progressive’ sounding slogans such as ‘equality and diversity’ that are accepted as gospel rather than actually thought about let alone discussed. Now we can all be equally murderous and sick, the most diverse fashions of torture are welcome. Ah yes, brave new world.
It is strange that liberals who claim their grand tolerance projects bring people together actually end up doing the opposite. Take political correctness apart and what you will find is rather than eliminating stupid notions of inherent divisions due to skin colour or race what it actually does is merely reword and reinforce these nasty prejudices. ”Well that’s part of their culture” is the liberal middle class way of saying ”I don’t know or care what the brown people are doing I just don’t want them doing it in my backyard or living on my street” almost like the brilliant old Rowan Atkinson satirical sketch of an imagined racist Conservative minister ”I like curry but now that we’ve got the recipe is there really any reason for them to stay?” The modern liberal (found as much in and running the Tory party as anywhere of course) version would be- Now we’ve got the recipe can they stay but live in a little ghetto on the other side of town so I can fashionably enjoy their restaurants on the weekend while ignoring serious problems in some of their communities? Genital mutilation?… Well that’s just part of their culture dahling.”
When the politically correct speak of ‘cultures’ they are using this word to disguise what they privately and wrongly think are racial differences. If anything that itself is racist stereotyping to my mind. All that really needs to be highlighted is moral differences, immoral practices that we deem unacceptable in our country no matter where the partakers in said practices originate or what colour they are. To do this we need to rediscover our own traditions and morality that have been sidelined by wet anxieties around ‘cultural sensitivity’ and being ‘non-judgmental.’
The unpopular truth is that morality and society is strongly about being judgmental. Communities deciding how to live and discriminating between what is allowed and what is not allowed (the word discriminate itself is no longer permitted in polite PC discourse) and then passing on these values to their young. If we don’t stand for something we will fall for anything. But these days with the old morality cast aside by liberal modernisers, in not believing in anything we are resigned to permit almost anything. The lamer we are in discussing and asserting our genuine historical answers to questions of morality the more we allow for monstrous thugs to operate and spread their ghastly agendas which in turn plays into the hands of menacing Nationalists such as the BNP who use such tragedies as genital mutilation to gain political capital in demonising entire races to further their equally bloodthirsty goals. Nobody wins from this but nobody will put their head above the parapet to call the PC environment out for the stifling conformist moral vacuum it is.
The fact is proponents of political correctness pose as the friends of immigrants and present themselves as the anti-racist heroes of the world when all they really do is contribute to the creation of bleak segregated areas in which some women and children are left to suffer in silence. More power to the likes of Leyla Hussein in standing up and exposing these facts. Now time for liberal cliques to admit their mistakes and join the condemnation of these awful crimes. ‘Live and let live’ is the safe hippy catch phrase of privileged and pretence that’s translation into reality is merely live and let die since those who espouse it and their children are of course never the ones who suffer or die.
Political correctness hasn’t gone mad. It is mad. As the great socialist folk singer Phil Ochs put it- ”In every American community there are varying shades of political opinion. One of the shadiest of these is the liberals. An outspoken group on many subjects, ten degrees to the left of center in good times, ten degrees to the right of center if it affects them personally.” Or perhaps TJ Hooker would be worth revisiting- ”You know the definition of a conservative? A liberal who got mugged.” They’ve mugged themselves over this and so many issues we can only hope they finally grow up and are compelled to help in trying to form a stronger more caring and connected society rather than the individualistic states of denial they inhabit in their various trendy postcodes. I hope they watch the documentary on Wednesday it’ll be a wake up call.