Posts tagged "female genital mutilation"

Female Genital Mutilation Rates Have Doubled In The U.S.

Rates of female genital mutilation in America have doubled in the past 10 years. (Newsweek)…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 6, 2015

The U.S. Supports Charlie Hebdo’s Controversial Covers, Citing Free Speech

The U.S. State Department has voiced public support for Charlie Hebdo’s past and future satirical magazine covers, citing the importance of free speech. [RawStory] French comedian Dieudonné has been arrested for Facebook comments that were perceived to support Charlie Hebdo gunman Amedy Coulibaly, in what some critics see as a censorial move that shine…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 14, 2015

NFL Wives Were Pressured To Stay Silent About Domestic Abuse

Ex-wives of NFL players  talked to the Washington Post about the pressure they faced to stay silent about domestic abuse. [Deadspin] Female genital mutilation in the west is more common than you would ever imagine. [Daily Beast] Scratch had a roundtable on the problems faced by black authors in publishing. [Scratch]…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 20, 2014

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 UK, New…
By: 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 i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 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, stipulated any evidence…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 4, 2013

British Government Goes Up Against Female Genital Mutilation

British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to announce a huge foreign aid plan to eradicate female genital mutilation across the world. FGM has been performed on roughly 140 million women worldwide with the intention of removing parts of their genitalia so they do not feel sexual pleasure. The government hopes it can reduce female…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 7, 2013

People Are Pissed That Oprah Winfrey Uses Moisturizer Made With Foreskin

Oprah made an appearance in Vancouver yesterday, with tickets going for upwards of $350. But not everyone was overjoyed about the Big O's Canadian visit. Glen Callender, founder of the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project, was there, along with his supporters, to protest Oprah's endorsement of SkinMedica, a line of beauty products made with …
By: Ami Angelowicz / January 25, 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 restricting…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 19, 2012

Grab Those Snippers! San Francisco Judge Nixes Circumcision Ban On Ballot

Snip away, San Francisco! A judge ruled yesterday that the city cannot vote on whether to ban circumcision on the ballot next election. The ban, which was spearheaded by activist Lloyd Schofield, would have made "genital mutilation" of minors punishable by a $1,000 fine or a year in prison. The Jewish community wa…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 29, 2011

What The Hell Is “Breast Ironing”?

Hold on to your girls before you read this, ladies. There is a practice called "breast ironing" in the African country of Cameroon, a practice which involves flattening a girl's growing breasts with hot stones to prevent her nipples from being firm and "enticing men." The news network CurrentTV filmed a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 22, 2010

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"…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 11, 2009