- Contains unread postsActions for Diana Mariscal- Menstruation of Zulu women in South AfricaDiana Mariscal posted Jun 7, 2016 8:28 PM
I actually found the cultural differences in society quite interesting. We, as a society have no idea how the other half live. We do not know what is important or sacred to them. What is important to us hence could not be important to them. It all has to do with your upbringing. Sure, people change and follow different rules or religion or rights of passage but it all reverts back to your upbringing and what your cultural society deems normal.
Take for example the case study on the Zulu women of South Africa. Menstruating women are considered in laymans terms, gross or toxic. The exact quote was “contagious pollution”. The women were considered to be dangerous and sexual intercouse with their said partner was forbidden as it was considered to make the man less of a human being.
We look at that study and think, Really? But again, we do not live in that culture. That is something that is a ground rule, something that is laid out for them from birth. We do not understand that because we are not raised with such beliefs. It is a difference of opinions and again not understood.
We, as the American society, think nothing of us women having the monthly topic to deal with. Most men, in todays society, I would hope have been educated enough to respect a women during such time. We did not choose to deal with a period, it is something that, as a women, is bestowed upon us, like it or not. Do our men not touch us during this time? Everybody is different. Thus point proved. Even in the American culture, we have difference of opinions. Does this it make it right or wrong? No! It is all how you look at that topic. Difference of opinions does not nor shall never make it correct or incorrect.
Knowledge is power. If you can keep an open mind and let your mind venture, that is what life is about. Being open and looking at a different countries cultures is not always such a bad of type of learning to understand! Most people in American are raised to adhere only to such rules of what the parents teach. That is the past.
The future of medicine and being opened minded is what is setting countries apart from one another. We all can not be alike. We all do not agree with the same health topics, the same religions, the same jobs, the same place to live, but again that is what makes the world go round. This is such an interesting topic and to be honest, I wish we could travel there and just observe and see what other type of lives people live. May not be such a bad thing!