Monday, August 10, 2015

Female Genital Mutilation - Tradition, Ignorance, & Cowardice Are No Excuse

Go Nigeria!  (salutes)

Changing the law is awesome (lights fireworks) and may be the leverage needed for the really big challenge: changing the social rules and attitudes behind Female Genital Mutilation.

That means finding ways for girls who get ostracized from their families or communities because they haven't been cut to move on and have productive lives.

That means finding ways to inform people that being faithful to Islam or Christianity does NOT mean the practice is mandatory in locales where illiteracy is an obstacle.


That means supporting men that want FGM to stop and who marry women that haven't been cut, and protecting their children from social sanctions

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It means people in Western countries that think it's not a problem they should give a rat's posterior about need to get a clue. Look up "vacation cutting".

It means challenging the idea that because something is traditional to some part of a culture, calling for change is automatically bigotry and ethnocentrism. I could commit a major act of cliche here and invoke practices like bleeding sick people, foot binding, infant exposure, slavery, and a host of other things, and actually, I just did.

It means that if you're going "eeeeewwwww, nobody wants hear about that, it's gross!" or "you're such a downer for throwing this in my face" or "you're making me feel icky and that's bad", you should try being one of the women that has to endure it.  Or one of the ones that didn't live to.

The only reason she's not you or your daughter or your sister or your mother is a chance of geography, people