Charles Phipps wrote:
Of course, I may be falling into the trap of assuming that "progress" will mean becoming like the Federation when dealing with an alien race. As a feminist though, I'm inclined to be okay with this since "more freedom=good" with rare exceptions.
*shrugs* At the end of the day, there is often an inevitable conflict between saying that you believe in universal rights and that you believe in cultural relativity. At some point, one often has to pick between them -- you can't say you believe in feminism, for instance, yet also have complete respect for cultural practices such as female genital mutilation; you can't say you believe in democracy without opposing apartheid systems; etc. Few cultures, not even the cultures of the West, are immune to these kinds of contradictions; we've eventually got to pick which side we're on.