I have read so much on the topic and each time I am horrified. I can not fathom why females would do the cutting and I know it is a cultural thing, but hurting those little girls is just plain wrong
My name is Michelle or firstname.lastname@example.org im a 27 year old college student.
I hope it's not late to make a difference!!!
peace and love
hi everyone !!!!!
my name is dana
Thank you for joining the group.
When I started learning about FGM, I worked from the assumption of "male domination" as part of the capital exploitation structure. The
issues are complex, it is not only a women's issue.
It far predates any of the controlling cultures in the areas were it is practiced, and it seems linked to the very oldest formation families-- I call it family capital as it is designed to keep the female workers in family from leaving by destroying their sexuality and their self-esteem.
Also it is inhereited abuse, like most abuse. It is done mostly because it has been done. And it has been done so long that I believe that it has actually been able to affect the evolution of the minds of the areas that practice this-- I do not see how it could not.
The cutting itself is invariably done by the women, though I have seen pictures of men holding the girls.
There is a man in prison in Georgia who has been convicted of FGM. I believe that he may be innocent, as only women historically do the cutting.
I have seen so many witch hunts that I can believe that the very same type people who burned the witches as abuse against women could today use the opposite strategy --that of politically correctness-- to attack men in the same way women were attacked.
The solution is to roll back the clock of time to the point just before the first greedy families started creating property-- developing capital.
We can take back all the benefits of society, and abandon the sicknesses. Buddhism is an attempt to do this.
I hope this helps understand the universality of this problem. Going out and hurting based on gender is as wrong for gaining capital, as FGM does, as it is for getting revenge. As far as I can see, all men from the FGM regions oppose it.
I can't figure out what you are saying, except for the last sentence.
Are you saying that a circumcision left you a woman, and that you don't want me to discriminate because if it?
My interest comes from trauma recovery, which is a topic related to empathy, and I moderate an empathy group as well.
There is a closely related child trauma issue in Africa due to war; that is the child soldier issue. I believe that both these problems should be treated together.
I am in the future change this group to study both topics simultaneously.
The problem that we are seeing here I believe has nothing to do with gender issues or differences, it is simply a mental illness issue. The weakness of the Internet is that it keeps us from seeing problems in the future the way we usually do, by looking into a person's eyes.
On the other hand, that may be a strength of the Interent, as it is very easy to move on after a conflict caused by psychosis, or what I call anti-empathy.
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There has not been too much activity here. We need research and writing for sure, the actual realities of why this exists is not too well understood.
Some feel it is cultural problem, I feel it is a strange trait associated with families, and how familie are corrputed by concepts of property.
We also need more men to join the group.
Greetings to all.
I am a graduate of Cultural Anthropology and Applied Councelling. I have worked in cross-cultural councelling and am painfully familiar with these practices and the ongoing justifications for them.
I hope I can contribute in some meaningful way to your endeavor. I am an avid human rights advocate. I look forward to working with you.
Greetings and Blessed Be all gentle beings and ACTivist souls!
My name is Lauren Stone.
I have been an ACTivist for 25+ years. My primary focus is Mothering/parenting issues, which include human rights. I have spent many years promoting/teaching/supporting homebirth, babywearing, extended breastfeeding, women's rights and GENITAL INGETRITY for both males and females.
So, that's ME in a 'nut shell'. If you check my page there are a number of anti-mutilation petions to sign.
Hello, It is positive to see a group of dedicated people here who care about educating others & who are working to end the barbaric practice of FGM. Peace ~S
The biggest player in the game right now, and the most powerful, is UNESCO of the United Nations.
They have a group of therapists who are specializing in inflicted child trauma and rehabilitation.
They also, if you don't know, have an army. And they do get tough, and often without telling everybody. I do know that they have stopped terror in various places including Bosina the old fashioned way.
Also, in this group, we are not separating ostracization as we see it in Africa as done to children from ostracization here in this discussion. I have seen this happen far too many times here on Care2 and the rest of the world, especially with respect to gender, for me not to mention it as I am perceiving the first signs of it now.
Gender equality is gender equality, which if you have not yet grocked, is gender equality.
I decided to study the nature of science, or the science of nature, that makes us good people: empathy. I wound up back in the same region studying the plight of elephants, so this area of topic cannot be avoided.
While all these problems have huge impacts, the FGM problem is the most complex.
There are several distinct layers to the problem: child abuse (passed on from generation to generation); gender discrimination; cultural and religious corrpution; national corruption; sexual terror (added to the abuse; and a concept that is difficult to understand: family captial.
This is how I describe family captial: from what I have read, a major reason FGM persists is that families use it to keep the girls in the family as workers, to prevent them from running off with someone they may love.
This approach is different from all the other ways of looking at it, and may be useful in looking at all family relationships wthe world round.
I am Simon, and you can see what I am about by reading my profile, and especially the goals of the groups that I host or cohost.
I might return here sometimes, but I don't promise to, so maybe you want to remove me from the group? I don't really understand that, but I accept it if you do.
Peace and solidarity,