Feminism | Posted by Claire B on 06/16/2015
Are Nigeria’s Steps Towards Eliminating FGM Enough?
In her 2014 TED Talk, Khadija Gbla expresses the cultural friction she felt between two very different definitions of what it means to be “empowered.” Gbla recounts her experience growing up in Sierra Leone, a country where, like in Nigeria, female genital mutilation is a deeply valued cultural practice. Her mother, she recalls, insisted that she undergo the procedure in order to curb promiscuity, increase her marriageability, and more fully realize her womanhood.
Female Genital Mutilation is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia. The data on physical and psychological consequences is horrifying. An inter-agency statement issued by the WHO and UNICEF, among others, states that when “seen from a human rights perspective, …
Creative | Posted by JessicaMc on 05/13/2011
Vaginas and clitorises and lips,
cut to pieces, ripped open,
stitched up, closed up,
torn apart like dispensable junk.
Hanging bits of flesh
falling to the ground
and blood-soaked thighs trembling,
shaking in anguish.
Smell the dehumanization,
taste the mutilation:
metal, tears, blood, dirt, and sweat
between your lips,
A vagina, treated worse than a toilet:
things shoved up there, seized out,
forced in: sharp knives, rough hands,
oiled guns, splintered brooms,
metal handles, thick rods, angry fists,
broken bottles, bruised egos,
men’s patriarchal muscle hanging
from their legs thrust in.
Females from the equator
to the prime meridian
hold back, embarrassed –
believing what we’re told:
our vagina needs to be
pink and pretty, like a petunia
and smell like one too –
no imperfections: no knicks, …
Feminism | Posted by 5hereen 5ays on 10/11/2010
I’m a Feminist (Don’t Tell The Teachers)
there are bigger things to worry about in Iraqi Kurdistan than Disney
When you’re poised at the beginning of what you see as a vigorating cross-country marathon, it’s very hard not to step over the line. You know that it’s going to be demanding and your first aid kit will be well worn by the time you cross the finishing tape, but it’ll be worth it to see the looks on the faces of those who said it couldn’t be done. A cool, refreshing shower of pride awaits you, and you can’t wait to get going.
So when one of my teachers asked if anyone would like to write an article for the school newsletter, I put my hand up. Now I’m faced with a problem. It’s just a school, …
Feminism | Posted by Kate S on 08/9/2010
Pads, Phallus, and Gloria: Advocating for Trash Bins and More
Oh, Gloria Steinem
I recently came across Gloria Steinem’s “If Men Could Menstruate” as I was perusing over required reading packet. In this article, Steinem creates an alternate universe where the power of the penis is amplified by not women but men’s ability to menstruate. She hypothesizes that it would be no surprise to find the government taking an active role in making “monthly discomforts” more convenient, boys competing for longest and largest amount of monthly blood loss, and boyfriends encouraging intercourse at “that time of the month.” As I lmfao-ed, I remembered a certain incident at a yacht party in the early summer.
My friend’s parents had organized a yacht party to celebrate his graduation. Families and friends showed up in their cocktail dresses and suave …
Feminism | Posted by Ashley P on 07/9/2010
Female Bodies and Female Genital Mutilation: There is No Room for Compromise
Apparently, parental request for altering their young daughters’ genitalia had reached the magnitude to which the American Academy of Pediatrics issued their policy statement in April condoning and introducing the implementation of a “mild” procedure where a girl’s clitoris could be “nicked” in order to satisfy a certain element of “cultural sensitivity.” Recently, however, the AAP has withdrawn the policy statement made in April and have since reverted back to the their initial stance as deeming any altering of the female genitals “unnecessary”. However, the fact remains our AAP felt compelled to compromise in the realm of Female Genital Mutilation.
Female Genital Mutilation is not an issue of cultural differences, nor should it be observed as one. In reality, FGM is an inhumane, cruel, and botched exertion of …