School’s out for summer…

Some 500 to 2,000 British schoolgirls will be genitally mutilated over the summer holidays. Some will be taken abroad, others will be “cut” or circumcised and sewn closed here in the UK by women already living here or who are flown in and brought to “cutting parties” for a few girls at a time in a cost-saving exercise.

Then the girls will return to their schools and try to get on with their lives, scarred mentally and physically by female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice that serves as a social and cultural bonding exercise and, among those who are stitched up, to ensure that chastity can be proved to a future husband.

The Guardian on the practice of FGM in the United Kingdom.

2 Comments School’s out for summer…

  1. Edward Miller

    When I saw the title of this article on my reader, I instantly started singing alice cooper really loudly. you should have heard my voice drop when I read the first line of the article.

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    1. Ryan Sproull

      Yeah, I like to horrify with contrast. I was going to make a joke about how reading the words "British schoolgirls" brought on puberty for you or something, but that would just be inappropriate.

      I think that this story is one of the most appalling things I've read in a long time. Plenty of things in the world are appalling, but they tend to be the result of either fucked-up countries or mental illness. You sort of expect them in those situations. But this kid putting away her Harry Potter book and going off with her mother to be HELD DOWN by a bunch of her mother's friends and be essentially tortured and mutilated…

      My mind doesn't know how to respond. It makes me want to tie the parents to a chair and just scream at them, louder and longer than my body's capable. On another level, I understand that this fucked-up behaviour arises from fucked-up beliefs and mental patterns, in which case I just kind of lament the whole universe for giving rise to it.

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