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Fri, 02/07/2014 - 01:36 -- BlueWinds

Today is the 11th annual International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation.

So, I was going to write a post, maybe update on some progress... but the subject matter just made me feel icky and sick. I'm usually pretty good at talking appreaching difficult subjects dispassionately, even those I have personal experience with (not this one, thankfully), but FGM is viscerally disturbing to me in a way that no amount of logic can overcome.

I'm going to go curl up and hide from the world for a few hours now. Thinking about it has left me too upset to do anything productive tonight.


ThatGuy on

Oh my God. I can understand why you wouldn't want to post much about the subject. Just the idea of it makes me sick and angry. Like I want to projectile vomit bile on those who perpetrate such heinous acts. Honestly, anyone who mutilates anything should suffer a slow and painful death, but especially horrific deaths should be saved for those who mutilate genitals. Blech. Thanks for letting us know of today's importance though. I hope your day gets better.

Terryble on

I watched a TV show we have here called Insight which did an entire episode on FMG, it was fascinating to actually hear from people who had it done. It's one of those things I never knew much about but had an automatic idea of because what is generally 'known' in our culture. It's not quite what I'd imagined, to say the least.

If you're interested you can watch the episode of Insight in question here:

For the record I'm not interested in leaving any of my own opinions on the topic, it's not something I feel like I can or should comment on.

Zoinks on

It's cute how many people still refer to this as female 'circumcision', like in the video Terryble linked. It is in no way comparable. Male circumcision involves cutting off a flap of skin that is only indirectly related to the function of the owner's nerve endings, while FGM could be more accurately compared to cutting the entire penis off.


I'm not usually a stickler for using 'politically correct' terminology, but this isn't about minor connotational differences. It's a wholly inaccurate label that enables people to avoid facing the reality of the act they're discussing.

AColonyOfAnts on

Male circumcision is a low-risk practice that imparts moderate medical benefits.  Female "circumcision" has no practical benefit, can be severely damaging, and has no purpose other than to control their sexual lives.

Before pursuing action, one must weigh the benefits v. the possiblity of harm.  Preserving a tradition (however egregious it may be) does not justify such an action.

“Although some would argue that this is a ‘tradition’, we must recall that slavery, so-called honour killings and other inhumane practices have been defended with the same weak argument,” he said. “Just because a harmful practice has long existed does not justify its continuation. All ‘traditions’ that demean, dehumanize and injure are human rights violations that must be actively opposed until they are ended.”

Dasanko on

Ah, up.

super on

I don't know about you, but I have felt on several past occasions that my penis head would chafe less if it had something protecting it. Like a foreskin, perhaps. Yes. A foreskin would be perfect.

Dasanko on

Are you comparing circumcision to flat out mutilation..?

BlueWinds on

Talking about circumcision in this context is relevant - they're both culturally proscribed cutting of the genitals. Things that are not as bad can still have downsides of their own.

As long as you keep in mind that FGM is more like cutting off the head of the penis than the foreskin.

firedrop2007 on

I am against ANY genital mutilation at birth, female or male.


EDrake7 on

Oh god, just thinking about it.... I really can't think anything more digusting right now...