URL for archived page mentioned earlier --
Originally Posted by Sarah
I tried to go back yesterday and find this one essay which was horribly sexisist and cruel to demonstrate the mindset that has been spoken of. I checked all my FGM bookmarks and there were a few which no longer worked. I'm guessing that it was one of them- and if so, I hope that the horrible essay is gone for good and not just relocated to a new url.
The website which was hosting it was an organization, it was not a private individual's website, the head of the organization had posted a letter/essay to any person who might DARE draw a parallel between FGM and MGM... she then explained basicly, that FGM is bad because the horrible opressor- men- do it to women to subjugate them, and MGM can't be comparable because men have never been subjugated and if it was bad, they(men) would have all the power they need to stop it. She then finished the essay with a cruel rebuff to anyone who might have the audacity to ask her to include MGM under the umbrella of child genital integrity which she was ALLEGEDLY working for... she told men to quit their whining because their mommies are busy with a real problem. (to that effect)
Her opinions were shockingly undeveloped from a social standpoint...
I can tell you that the website had black backgrounds and white letters... but beyond that- I forget specifics. Does this ring a bell with anyone?
I got your back, hon:http://web.archive.org/web/200302071...evFemCirc.html
The essential error of this woman's analysis, intellectually speaking, lies in how it is completely crippled by its reliance upon the fallacious ultra-reductionist conceptualization that power relations between human beings are exclusively limited to gender relations.
As I hope we all know, this is hardly the case -- the inarguable existence of such other power relations as those existing between States and Citizens, or Adults and Children, and of their significance in and impacts upon people lives, categorically disproves it.
In point of fact, the essence
-- not the sole aspect, but the fundamental one
-- of routine and ritual child genital amputation is not
the establishment of control over one gender by the other, or even over children by adults, but rather the establishment of control over individuals
by the community
Driving parents to become complicit in the harm and abuse of their own children, through varying means, is essentially a process of behavioral modification engaged in by a community in general, with the essential goal of instilling within individuals
-- the parents, and depending upon their customary age, their children as well -- a habit of conformity and obedience to the direction and control of the community
And the behavioral modification involved where children past the age of reason are concerned, should be, of course, immediately evident to all.
<yawn> Argh. I have a lot more to say about this and other matters raised in this thread, including a much more direct answer to the original question, but it's one in the morning out here in granolaland and I still need to go do the Goat and a few other household chores as well tonight, and I'm fading fast, so. . .that will have to come later.
Okay, it was
one in the morning, before my ISP locked up on me and I had to redo all this from memory after everything else that needed doing <sigh>.
Going to bed now, finally.
Non Illegitimi Carborundum, and KOT!