Give an example of something that one culture might regard as a virtue that another culture might not. Explain why this could lead to relativism.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The culture where I grew up believes much more in female modesty than the American culture in which I now live.  This is the sort of thing that can lead to relativism.  The reason for this is that the two cultures have very different views of how women should act and how they should be seen by society.  An action that would be appropriate in the United States (such as a woman riding in a car with a coworker) would be seen in a very different light in the culture where I grew up.  This leads to relativism in terms of what types of interactions between people of the opposite sex are appropriate.

loraaa | Student

"In Eastern culture," People do not drink wine, unlike "Western culture".
I dont know, is this good or not?
 but for me: I do not like drinking alcohol, because it affect the health of body and mind.

thewanderlust878 | Student

I think that a good example of this would be how in some African cultures, voodoo is commonly practiced and used on a daily basis. This is much different from many other cultures that do not approve of such practices, or simply deem it as strange or useless. Many Africans brought their traditions with them to the United States when they where enslaved and brought to the US on slave ships. On many African plantations, slaves would practice voodoo on their masters, people who have hurt them, etc. This would definitely seem like a virtue to the African culture but to others, it would seem immoral and mean. 

Hope this helps!

sandyyy2012 | Student

Also, maybe....the difference between Working Women and housewife in other cultures.