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Friday, May 07, 2010

i'm in a state of disbelief

i JUST read about this right now. i read it from another source (who said they actually contacted the academy and asked them what a 'nick' actually meant. the source said, it was just like piercing an ear. no. that is NOT good enough for me. minor grrrls should NOT be ritually touched in ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM on or near the clitoris. for the record, i'm even against circumcision unless MEDICALLY necessary). they referred to pz myers and since i love his blog, i decided to link to his posting.

Whatever happened to “first, do no harm”?



PZ Myers

The American Academy of Pediatrics has come up with a compromise on female genital mutilation.

International human rights organization Equality Now is stunned by a new policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which essentially promotes female genital mutilation (FGM) and advocates for "federal and state laws [to] enable pediatricians to reach out to families by offering a 'ritual nick'," such as pricking or minor incisions of girls' clitorises. The Policy Statement "Ritual Genital Cutting of Female Minors", issued by the AAP on April 26, 2010, is a significant set-back to the Academy's own prior statements on the issue of FGM and is antithetical to decades of noteworthy advancement across Africa and around the world in combating this human rights violation against women and girls. It is ironic that the AAP issued its statement the very same day that Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) announced the introduction of new bipartisan legislation, The Girls Protection Act (H.R. 5137), to close the loophole in the federal law prohibiting FGM by making it illegal to transport a minor girl living in the U.S. out of the country for the purpose of FGM.

Nice bit of accommodationism there. "We'll just mutilate baby girls a little bit, to make the misogynist patriarchal assholes happy." Well, we have no obligation to make misogynist patriarchal assholes happy at all, especially not when it involves waving scalpels about in the genitals of children.....................

4 comments:

Lemmy Caution said...

Unbelievable.

a rose is a rose said...

yes, it is. i'm beyond appalled

Minnesotastan said...

The take at Salon is that the proposed procedure should not be termed mutilation -

http://www.salon.com/life/violence_against_women/index.html?story=/mwt/broadsheet/2010/05/06/female_genital_cutting

a rose is a rose said...

yeah i read the salon article before i wrote my posting. my take on it is; it's like saying it's ok to kneecap your daughter INSTEAD of honor killing her.

NO it's not. AND it's not ok to suggest that is ok in any way shape or form.