Hands up who thinks these (and other) prejudices are over

a black and white square showing stylised images of people with superficial racial characteristics associated with various supposed cultural traitsh/t @KTKeith

Virginity tests for immigrants ‘reflected dark age prejudices’ of 1970s Britain
Home Office files suggest that at least 80 female migrants from subcontinent may have undergone such tests

Nice to have this outrage given an airing, and the prejudices about submissive Asian virgin brides noted as disgusting, but the article goes on for ages until it finally gets around to noting that even if the cultural stereotypes had been valid, the tests still would have been rubbish because:
(a) not all women have hymens
(b) non-virgin =/= married
How much confidence can we have that our own current regime for assessing various immigrants, especially asylum seekers, isn’t at least as ridiculously stereotypical in a variety of ways? It’s not exactly a transparent process, is it?

Categories: ethics & philosophy, history, social justice

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2 replies

  1. As an ex-DIAC refugee decision officer, I’m happy to detail the assessment process for those who arrive in Australia and by boat.

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