December 27, 2006

Dec. 27, 2006: Suffer little children

Female Circumcision / Female Genital Mutilation (FC/FGM) / Cliterectomy

Women and Feminists

We are being treated to a spate of complaints about the loss of funding for Status of Women, supposedly an organization concerned for the plight of women. I believe that much of the funding had another purpose, but investigate for yourself.

What did the Status of Women (SoW) write, say and do to expose the following and to ensure that it could never happen again in Canada? I don't believe I read anything further about these cases, other than that no-one went to jail in the first case. A quick search of Google was futile. News just dies if it is not reported, especially when the organization taxpayers have funded over several years does not take action here in Canada.

Taxpayers funded the SoW. Did the SoW do any of the following: publicize and circulate information on something so horrendous actually happening in Canada, encourage outrage at this child abuse, ensure that further steps be taken? No, this story died. I think it was considered too politically incorrect to publicize a cultural barbarity for what it is, child abuse.

I'm guessing, but, if a man patted a woman on the butt and she decided to become hysterical about it, the SoWs would probably have become involved ... the old woman good, man bad schtick ... admittedly, perhaps an exaggeration, but not by much.

Search: cliterectomy , genital mutilation , female genital mutilation , cutting , FC , FGM , Inter-African Committee (IAC)

There are some articles emanating from the UN / UNESCO in Geneva. I did not have time to read much, but what I did read tended to show concern for "cultural sensitivity". Check for yourself.

Memory Lane: Suffer little children ...

In Canada,
Genital and Sexual Mutilation of Females, Women's Int'l Network / Gale Group, 2002 -- or here

For more information, contact the Inter-African Committee (IAC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia or Geneva, Switzerland.

Worldwide, 130 million girls and women have undergone FC / FGM. Each year, at least 2 million girls are at risk of genital mutilation -- 6,000 each day.

I noted the buzzwords about sustainable economical development, NGOs & CBOs, Global Partnerships and networking, along with "equality, justice and mutual respect". How does "mutual respect" work--how do you show it?--when you know a cultural practice to be abuse or that the degree of male dominance in a culture is abhorrent? I suspect these groups would not approve my bluntness, but why sugar coat it? Genital mutilation is utterly despicable!

Hidden -- Why? Barbarism will never be eliminated if everyone hides it.

The court case may provide rare evidence that the surgical procedure, which is illegal in Canada under laws on female genital mutilation but is still widely practised in some parts of Africa and the Middle East, is being conducted in Canada...

Police will not reveal the religious or cultural background of the family ....

... Sudanese Women Association of Niagara ....

... investigators are still trying to identify the practitioner responsible for the mutilation ...

Parents are responsible for their children. In my opinion, this was simply hidden, allowed to die away. That child was mutilated and it seems that no-one was punished for it. Cultural sensitivity?

Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Search: Female Circumcision [I did not have time to read this one.]

Caveat: I hesitated about including this because I would expect the figures to be suspect. Any study done in these parts of Africa may be suspect, in my opinion--incomplete or error prone, simply because of the cultural component. Also, I noted the words "cultural sensitivity" used more than once as I read. Think of what that might mean. Tie aid to change, particularly on the part of the men and those women who still support it. Otherwise, don't waste aid dollars. Greed is amazingly effective. It might even work.
Genital and Sexual Mutilation of Females -- or here

Incidence in Africa -- of the studies done: Percentages I noted highlighted in red

Innocenti Research Centre: Changing a Harmful Social Convention: Female Genital Mutilation / Cutting

Was this not considered honour killing? What happened? Check what happened with this case, also -- and here

Previously, I mentioned cliterectomy happening in Canada but I could not find the full article. The above contains the link to this: Nov. 3, 2006: Do we really believe that ...

Search: St. Catherines , cliterectomy

American news

Female genital mutilation in Atlanta , Oct. 22, 2006

Florida Atlantic U's Feminist Menace , Ari Kaufman,, May 11, 06

Dr. Wairimu Njambi is an Assistant Professor of "Women's Studies" at the Florida Atlantic University Wilkes Honors College, a feminist, and an apologist for some of the misogynistic cruelties perpetrated against women.

Much of her scholarship, for instance, is dedicated to advancing the notion that the cruel practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is actually a triumph for feminism and that it is hateful to suggest otherwise. According to Njambi “anti-FGM discourse perpetuates a colonialist assumption by universalizing a particular western image of a 'normal' body and sexuality.”

[....] It is a curious irony of modern-day feminism that a woman who justifies the misogynistic torture of young women is admired by self-styled feminists. And it is one of the defects of the modern-day university that a political ideologue is afforded a class to promote her tendentious views. [....]


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