Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Huge problem

How can someone be against mutilation with this type of life-long lasting consequences? FGM is not just (a) little cut(s) on an arm or leg done during a rite or habit. The consequences of FGM are unidirectional; what has been cut away is ... away. Forever. That is one fact. Another fact is that the victims are constantly reminded in one way or another that (a) part(s) of their body is (are) missing. Sometimes just by going to the bathroom, when having sex with their partner, when giving birth and sometimes just because they are alive. If the mutilation happened with dirty and rusty instruments, infections can occur. And then there are all the invisible scars caused by the psychological damage.

Mutilation because of "cultural sensitivity"? What about the sensitivity of the kid that is being mutilated? The kid definitely didn't ask for it. No sensitivity can justify mutilation with this kind of consequences especially if someone else (be it the parents) has made that decision.

"In the United States, an analysis of census data by the African Women's Health Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston shows that (based on families' countries of origin) more than nearly 228,000 females have been or are at risk of being subjected to FGM, with more than 38,000 of them in California and nearly 26,000 in New York State."

"The resistance to ending FGM or creating less harmful rites of passage for girls is not confined to developing countries. "For reasons that I don't understand, there's this resurgence of debate around 'rites or rights' in this country," Bien-Aimé said. "It's extremely disturbing." Campaigns against the practice are being challenged on cultural sensitivity by anthropologist and other academics."

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