what a powerful essay by Mona Eltahawy, about the horror of, and real reason behind, the practice of female genital mutilation.
"[The] analogy of penis chopping was absurd not just because if boys were being
mutilated the world would not be so silent but because, really, who would want
to control male sexuality? We invent little blue pills to boost it."
like so many other practices which are ingrained, entrenched and generally accepted, FGM is about so much more than the actual physical act. it's about power and control.
as is rape.
as is the wage gap.
as are standards of beauty.
and all this manipulation, subjugation, and control over women is everywhere.
no really. EVERYWHERE.
"Prevalent mostly in Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia, FGM is no
longer a traditional practice that harms girls just "over there". As a result of
immigration and refugee movements, FGM is now being practiced in the U.S.
Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand."
it is NOT just "over there" that women are cut.
it is NOT just "over there" that raped women are murdered because they bring shame to their husband or father's family.
it is NOT just "over there" that women and girls are kept from reaching their full potential by lack of education, resource and the simple encouragement to try, while boys not only receive all those things, but are expected to be successful socially, financially and sexually.
these symptoms of sexism harm women AND men. girls AND boys.
what if human beings could find a way to treat one another as equally valued, of equal worth and dignity...? wow, indeed.
for now, i applaud Mona Eltahawy and women like her who are refusing to be ignored.