Journalist against genital mutilation in hiding
John Phillips of Victoria, B.C. heard Rick's March 22 interview with Mae Azango, a Liberian journalist in hiding, after receiving death threats for exposing a secret cult that practices a brutal form of female genital mutilation:
There is more to genital mutilation than your program suggested. The reality is that those who have had it done to them insist it be done to their children. The women in Africa do it to their daughters and in Canada and the US men who have been circumcised usually insist their sons are done as well. I think there is a cognitive dissonance wherein people who have been genitally mutilated want to believe it was the best thing for them. They follow through with having their children done.
It is ironic that your listeners and most people in North America are somewhat outraged by the thought that little girls are genitally mutilated and yet at the same time they are quite accepting of the fact that we allow our little boys to be genitally mutilated. There is no difference! In Africa and here we become acclimatized to our cruelties. Do you not think mothers and fathers in Africa and in North America love their children and do for them what they think is best?
Female and male genital mutilation is the same sickness in spite of all the fabricated reasonings as to why proponents here and there try to justify it.
Here is a brief comparison of FGM and MGM:
-They are both done without the consent of the individual.
-They both interfere with the normal functioning of the genitals.
-They both interfere with sexual pleasure.
-They are both humiliating to the person who has been mutilated.
-They are both justified by "custom/religion/spirituality.
-They both interfere with reproduction.
-They are both unnecessary.
The question really is; Who is the mutilation done for? The child or the adult?
Are there any idiots out there who think they can improve upon our genitalia? Unfortunately there are. And tragically we allow it!
Enough said. I've made my point. Don't point your finger at their customs without questioning our own! Genital mutilation sadly will continue.
Thanks Rick. Your dispatches give me fuel for thought.
Rev. William Ball of Ottawa writes:
Rick and team, I would have been interested to hear why the communities value "not running around". Why is that important? What good are they seeking with this and what other ways is this promoted or enforced?
Secondly, what does this story say about tribal women and traditional sources of power? Is woman's power limited to things like this? How does this clash with the encounter with other values from "modernity" and outside influences?
Thank you for the story,
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