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Janice Boddy

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Chapter 4: Violence Embodied?: Circumcision, Gender Politics, and Cultural Aesthetics

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Violence Embodied?: Circumcision, Gender Politics, and Cultural Aesthetics
Violence embodied?: Circumcision, gender politics, and cultural aesthetics
JaniceBoddy

It is evident that female genital mutilation can be abolished and wiped out in our lifetime. We are able to teach those who cling to distorted beliefs and damaging practices some better ways to cope with themselves, their lives, reproduction, and sexuality. We know that everyone on earth has the capacity to learn. …

“Why am I pursuing this?” I feel that my own personal sense of dignity and worth as a woman and human being is under attack by these mutilations, inflicted on helpless children for no other reason than that they are female. I cannot tolerate this. I find it impossible, indeed absurd, to work for feminist goals, for ...

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