Posts tagged "female circumcision"

The UK To Prosecute Parents Who Allow Female Genital Mutilation

Yesterday, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that parents in the UK can now be prosecuted if they have their daughters’ genitals cut.  Previously, it was only illegal in the UK to do the cutting yourself or to take a girl out of the country for female genital mutilation. [Guardian UKNew York Times]…

Jessica Wakeman / July 23, 2014

The UK Strengthens Female Genital Mutilation Legislation

A law in the UK punishing adults who carry out female circumcision (also called FGM or female genital mutilation) is being strengthened with a new amendment to include other adults, beyond British citizens and permanent residents, who take girls to be cut. The new legislation would punish “habitually resident” foreign citizens living in the UK with…

Jessica Wakeman / June 6, 2014

Kickass Woman of the Day: British Teen Fahma Mohamed Takes A Stand Against Female Genital Mutilation

Fahma Mohamed, a 17-year-old British student, is determined to make female genital mutation (FGM) a thing of the past in the UK. The process is intended to prevent sex from being pleasurable for a young woman so that she remains “pure” until marriage. The most common time for FGM to happen is over summer holidays,…

Claire Hannum / February 6, 2014

Female Genital Mutilation Should Be Treated As Child Abuse: Report

Female genital mutilation (also called female circumcision) should be treated just like child abuse and considered a crime, according to a new report called “Tackling Female Genital Mutilation In The UK.”

The report, which was put together by Equality Now, the Royal Colleges of Midwifery, Nursing, Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the union Unite,…

Jessica Wakeman / November 4, 2013

Study: Female Genital Mutilation Ruins Sex Lives

Today in No Duh News: women who are forced to have their genitals cut as young girls have more sexual dysfunction as adults, according to a new study in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. FGM or female circumcision removes all or part of a girl’s clitoris and labia for the purpose of…

Jessica Wakeman / October 19, 2012

British Docs Busted For Offering Female Circumcision (Which Is Illegal And Also Horrible)

A doctor, a dentist, and an alternative medicine practitioner were all secretly filmed offering to perform or arrange female genital mutilation (FGM), according to the UK Guardian. FGM involves removing all or part of the external female genitalia, and sometimes sewing the opening to the vagina shut. It’s all supposedly for the purpose of making…

Jessica Wakeman / April 26, 2012

Pursuing The Perfect Vagina Has Plenty Of Problems

Vaginas! Let’s talk about them. Perhaps, like me, you don’t know much about what anyone’s vagina looks like, except for your own. But it turns out the lips of the labia can be “innies” or “outies,” just like belly buttons, and “outies” … well, they look just like they sound. Surely, women with “outies” ca…

Jessica Wakeman / November 11, 2009

Finally! Uganda Will Outlaw Female Circumcision

Officials in Uganda are finally passing a law outlawing female circumcision, which is prevalent in the eastern part of the country. Uganda’s prez, Yoweri Museveni explained, “There is no part of a human body that is useless.” Not to mention the fact that this “operation” hurts like hell and is very dangerous. Crude tools are…

Nikki Dowling / July 6, 2009

Public Service Announcement For Your Privates

An advertisement about the genital mutilating clitorectomy has just won an International Advertising Association Award for Social Responsibility. The print PSA is a photo of a naked women on her back with her legs spread. Covering her private interests is a white circle that reads, “Wet your finger and rub to find out what millio…

Simcha / April 23, 2008

America’s Next Top Model Gets Serious

America’s Next Top Model is kind of a reason for living. Which may explain why so many of the contestants have insane sob stories to tell during the audition process. Each year it seems like there’s always one girl who’s been through a really hard time — Tiffany grew up in the ‘hood; Amanda, the…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 21, 2008