Indulge me for a second in a wee thought experiment… warning though, it ain’t a nice one, it’s not one of those 'imagine yourself on a beach, the hot sun on your face and the cool breeze in your hair…' ones. Ok here goes…
As a functioning mindful and moral person, would you allow your daughter… (it’s not overly difficult to imagine having a daughter if you don’t already. I personally don’t, but I reckon if I multiply the feeling of love and guardianship I have for my cat… by about 1,000,000 maybe I’d be about halfway?)
So, onwards (and brace yourself). Would you allow your daughter to be held down, have her clothes stripped off, and then have her clitoris and labia sliced off? Then have her vagina sewn up? (often, only to be hacked open again later in life by their self-serving sexually deprived ‘husbands’). Seriously just imagine that for a second…
Now I suspect, if someone even did so little as go near your daughter’s genitals without a medical reason, you’d probably be looking for the nearest heavy object to smash over their fucking head. The very sad truth is though, we still live in a world where people submit their children to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
In some countries up to 98% of women are subjected to this utterly horrific, archaic tradition. One wouldn’t have thought it would happen in the UK though right? Wrong. Unfortunately it is estimated that 66,000 girls are at risk of this despicable act in the UK (including 24,000 under 15s). And woefully, despite three decades of laws against FGM in the UK, there is still yet to be one single prosecution.
Perhaps at this point you may pause to ask yourself, why on earth do people do this?
Female Genital Mutilation, (historically sometimes called female circumcision) is traditionally seen as a rite of passage carried out to keep girls “pure” before marriage. It is an attempt by sickeningly depraved and putrid men to control women’s fertility and sexual desire. A brutal and primitive ‘final solution’ to male jealousy and chauvinism.
People may complain that we live in a divided world and we must do all we can to encourage multiculturalism. Yes of course we should, but what we are talking about here is not multiculturalism, it is barbarism.
One cannot make the blanket statement that we must be tolerant of all cultures without any scrutiny whatsoever. As moral beings we are endowed to approach all matter with the educated, logical minds we are lucky to have developed.
There are no positive reasons to sever girls genitals depriving them of a healthy sexuality and destiny. The physical & psychological affects are only of negative extremes; gruesome pain, sexual debilitation and lasting emotional damage. (Not to mention possible urinary tract infections, infertility, complications in childbirth, severe pain during urination and menstruation.)
Now fellas, if you’re having trouble imagining the magnitude of this repulsive act, I’d say it’s comparable to having your ‘bell-end’ chopped off. Obviously in reality the closest comparison would be to the religious tradition of male circumcision, which is of course just as bewildering and disgraceful but perhaps not quite as malevolent as the circumcision doesn’t take away ones own sexual confidence & ability.
FGM is an utter disgrace and must be stopped, this is 2014 not the middle ages. It has hidden under the protective veil of religion for too long, even though arguably it is not sanctioned by any religious text!
The act has been left to continue into the modern age without criticism. We have remained silent through embarrassment, confusion or whatever means for too long. A tolerance for other people’s beliefs is commendable, but when other people’s beliefs culminate in child abuse we must exchange our reverence for abhorrence and we must put a stop to it.
- Support Action Aid’s #endFGM appeal:
1. Take a photo of yourself making a diamond shape with the words #END FGM written on your fingers. Make sure you can read it.
2. Upload it to Instagram with #endFGM and tag in @bollockstopoverty.
- Sign a petition: epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/52740
- Write a letter: 28toomany.org suggests writing to local MPs to demand the Department of Health invests money into the statutory reporting of the issue and the Department of Education includes FGM as part of sex education in schools.
- If you’re worried about a girl you know: The NSPCC dedicated free 24-hour helpline: 0800 028 3550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Donate: actionaid.org.uk
I’m really trying to get into the mindset of these 85 people who are richer than the whole of the bottom half of the world’s population.
I just don’t get how one can be so self-obsessed as to think that that’s acceptable… or worse, a cause for praise.
The knee-jerk defence of this situation seems to be something along the lines of… "Look, they’ve worked hard and earnt their success, who are you to criticize them?".
This statement includes two preconceived notions.
1) That these people worked hard.
I wonder if that is true? I wonder how many simply inherited their family’s wealth? (And infact worked very little). I wonder how many worked as hard as a neurosurgeon? As a paramedic? As someone at the forefront of nanotechnology? Or cancer research? I wonder how many worked as hard as a kid in a cotton field in Bangladesh?
I also wonder what it was they worked hard at, was it maybe for banks? Or another area of the corporatocracy that doesn’t produce anything tangible? Did they create anything? Did they do anything worthwhile? Did their work contribute to, or benefit society in any way?
2) it also relies on us having the same definition of success.
Success is simply achieving a goal. So if success is becoming 1 of 85 humans who are richer than half of the population of this planet, then I must ask, what was the point of that success?
Has their success benefited humanity? Has it helped the plights of our species? Or any other species? Has it improved our environment? Our biosphere? Has it widened humanities knowledge or perspective?
If it hasn’t, is it really success? Perhaps it is better defined as self-absorbed, sociopathic historically irrelevant behaviour?
Behaviour celebrated and looked up to in our society. And worst of all, a type of wealth without conscience wished for by others.
Just thinking out loud here that’s all.
Hate that I have to write about this subject here and pollute my otherwise rather upbeat & chirpy young blog page but after failing to fit what I wanted to say within the confines of a tweet I’ve decided to ventilate here instead.
As of today we all feel pure abhorrence for Ian Watkins and the ‘mothers' involved in the horrible stories coming out of his trial. (I use speech marks around the word 'mothers' here as we must ask the question do these women still qualify to be labelled as 'mothers'? Surely with their disgraceful actions they have rid themselves of the title of a female harbourer of young human life.)
But instead of the immature calls for death wishes I see disseminate through twitter can we not please focus our efforts on coming out of this dismal situation in a direction that would benefit society?
With his death, all we would see would be a simple case closed; end of; “the cunt got what he deserved” kind of thing. I.e. No one would objectively benefit from this situation.
What we CAN do however, (yes, whilst locking him away) is psychologically analyse the man thoroughly to seek some answers as to how and why a human can comfortably commit such atrocities.
Was it not just a cocktail of drugs but also perhaps some childhood trauma that brought on the propensities for a man to act like this? Causality must be taken into account and examined rigorously. Simply, we must find out what makes a human act this way. The more empirical evidence gathered on this subject the closer we can become in preventing further similar cases.
If our prison systems concentrated on gaining knowledge about the human condition and the human mind we might be able to stop cases like these happening in the future. (because whether we like it or not this is not some isolated case)
Future prevention > simple ‘justice’ or ‘vengeance’.
But if you’re one of the troglodytes calling for him to be hung or given lethal injection I’m sure this will all go over your head anyway.
Climate change deniers… Climate science contrarians…
…Whatever you want to call them; dem folks dat refuse da evidence for climate change and its anthropogenic nature, basically.
I’ve met a few and never really know how to deal with them.
I try presenting them with the latest clear and concise evidence, like the basic data in this easily watchable video…
…But 9 times out of 10 these are the stubborn folks that just plain don’t like science fullstop, they don’t accept the evidence regardless of its weight.
(I use the word ‘accept’, as ‘belief’ doesn’t come into it and shouldn’t be applied semantically in this context. You can chose to ‘believe’ the evidence or not to, it doesn’t change the fact that the evidence exists and is a fact in reality. By all means create and ‘believe’ in your own reality…)
They like ‘freedom’! The free market, capitalism, competition!
They don’t like immigration or gays and think that security is increased by profiling.
They’re convinced that global warming is a scam to boost scientists’ salaries and increase governmental control.
They want more energetic drilling for oil and gas.
They think climate change is false ( / ‘natural’ depending on how extreme their views are) and the 325 million people affected by climate change each year should just ‘man up’…
But you know what, that’s ‘cos these are usually the same folks who reckon the sooner it all goes pear-shaped, the better, ‘cos then they get the Second Coming and they can hang with their boy JC (chugging bud lite whilst watching the rest of us ‘fools’ burn supposedly?)
You have no more chance of convincing someone like that the reality of anthropogenic climate change, than you have of getting them to put the greater good of the world over any of their personal unfounded, archaic and destructive ‘beliefs’.
So there just ain’t no point even entertainin’ ‘em with the conversation. (please excuse/ignore/rectify the double negative in this sentence. thx)
But let me tell you this, all y’all climate change denying fruitcakes; if indeed, your boy JC did decide to stop by for another ‘oliday (somehow not put off this destination by all that torture and crucifixion that plagued his last trip) it’d probably take all his hallowed temperament to continue turning that other cheek of his and not instead give you a sweet JC 360 piledriver*.
(* Jesus Christ’s much feared finishing move).