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Shelly Grabe

In: The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Psychology

Chapter 25: Psychological Cliterodectomy: Body Objectificationas a Human Rights Violation

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Psychological Cliterodectomy: Body Objectificationas a Human Rights Violation
Psychological Cliterodectomy: Body Objectification as a Human Rights Violation
Shelly Grabe
Introduction

Throughout the world, large numbers of individuals experience violations of their human rightsthrough various forms of bodily objectification, ranging from sexual objectification, to coerced sexwork, to rape and violence – in large part simply because they are female (Bunch, 1990).Feminist scholars have suggested that the central debate on women’s human rights concerns thebody itself: a body that is coerced into obedience, raped as a trophy of war, mutilated andsystematically violated, and disappeared from the public sphere unless it is sexualized and madeavailable for male consumption (Agosin, 2001). Although these violations may vary in severity, theyhave in common the view that women’s bodies are objects or property that ...

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