Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
Not really. Functional equivalence does not require equal effectiveness. Gender equity is a good example, because it has been shown to bring meaningful improvement the population as a whole. In comparing cultures, we need to seek such objectively verifiable measures.
OK, so functionally equivalent, but not equally functional

This is less a disagreement with the points I raised than presentation of an alternative definition of terms. You are simply talking about something a bit different.
Yes, as I said, I agree with your points, though this is not necessarily how "respect for other cultures" is all too often used. Namely, as an excuse to accept (or at least tolerate) behaviour, that we would not accept in "our" culture (i.e. moral relativism).