December 3, 2007, - 1:51 pm

American A(nthro)POLOGISTS’ Insanity Continues: “What’s Wrong w/Female Genital Mutilation?”

By Debbie Schlussel
Last week, I told you about how the American Anthropological Association defamed and condemned America’s troops and told anthropologists who help our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan avoid harm that they are “unethical.”
Now, there’s more pan-Islamist absurdity courtesy of the national trade group of this overrated group of people who dedicate their careers to studying how many times someone in ancient Rome went to the bathroom and whether Saladin’s fighters wore boxers or briefs.
Reader Ari alerts us that the AAA (as I wrote before, the automotive AAA should sue for defamation) now claims that those who condemn female genital mutilation–practiced mostly by Muslims–are “guilty of ignorance and cultural imperialism.”

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American Anthropological Association:

Academic Tools of Islamic Barbarism Against Women:

Yes, we all misunderstand this barbaric practice against women because we–not they–are backwards and intolerant. The New York Times resident libertarian, John Tierney writes that, Saturday, the AAA hosted two African Muslim women who underwent and support female genital mutilation and will “debate” the matter:

Should African women be allowed to engage in the practice sometimes called female circumcision? Are critics of this practice, who call it female genital mutilation, justified in trying to outlaw it, or are they guilty of ignorance and cultural imperialism?
Those questions will be debated Saturday morning in Washington at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting. Representatives of international groups opposed to this procedure will be debating anthropologists with somewhat different views, including African anthropologists who have undergone the procedure themselves. As the organizers of the AAA panel note:

The panel includes for the first time, the critical “third wave” or multicultural feminist perspectives of circumcised African women scholars Wairimu Njambi, a Kenyan, and Fuambai Ahmadu, a Sierra Leonean. Both women hail from cultures where female and male initiation rituals are the norm and have written about their largely positive and contextualized experiences, creating an emergent discursive space for a hitherto “muted group” in global debates about FGC [female genital cutting].

Surprise!–and not noted by the NYTimes’ Tierney or the AAA–both Njambi and Ahmadu are Muslim.

Dr. Ahmadu, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, was raised in America and then went back to Sierra Leone as an adult to undergo the procedure along with fellow members of the Kono ethnic group. She has argued that the critics of the procedure exaggerate the medical dangers, misunderstand the effect on sexual pleasure, and mistakenly view the removal of parts of the clitoris as a practice that oppresses women. She has lamented that her Westernized “feminist sisters insist on denying us this critical aspect of becoming a woman in accordance with our unique and powerful cultural heritage.” In another essay, she writes:

It is difficult for me – considering the number of ceremonies I have observed, including my own – to accept that what appears to be expressions of joy and ecstatic celebrations of womanhood in actuality disguise hidden experiences of coercion and subjugation. Indeed, I offer that the bulk of Kono women who uphold these rituals do so because they want to – they relish the supernatural powers of their ritual leaders over against men in society, and they embrace the legitimacy of female authority and particularly the authority of their mothers and grandmothers.

Gee, I can’t wait until the American Anthropological Association’s next “debate”: “The Joy of Jewish Cooking: Was Gassing of Auschwitz Inmates a Misunderstood Humanitarian and Sanitary Practice?”
Sadly, the normally reasonable Tierney (although he is against immigration reform) agrees with these intellectually-challenged apologists, er . . . A(nthro)POLOGISTS:

If I were asked to make a decision about my own daughter, I wouldn’t choose circumcision for her. But what about the question raised by these anthropologists: Should outsiders be telling African women what initiation practices are acceptable?

Well, John, if I had a daughter, I wouldn’t choose the ovens for her. But what about the question raised by the anthropologists: Should outsiders have told the Nazis what national “sanitary” practices were acceptable?
Should outsiders tell Saudi Arabia that it’s wrong to sentence a gang-rape victim to lashes? I mean, don’t they have a right to choose their own discipline of the “whores who asked for it”?
Should outsiders judge HAMAS and Fatah on homicide bombings at pizza joints and cafes?
We can tell Israel what to do with its borders and national security–important national sovereignty issues. But on female genital mutilation, we must remain mum? HUH?
Let’s be intellectually honest about this. A group of American academics is legitimizing forced, barbaric Islamo-fascist castration of women. Period. These girls are very young and don’t have a choice. Most of them don’t want to be “circumcised.” Just ask Ayaan Hirsi Ali. It is torture, plain and simple.
Remember, the most famous anthropologist in history was Margaret Mead. And she fabricated that for which she was most famous–her entire study on Samoans’ uninhibited sexual practices. A complete fraud.
Some things never change. Phony, yesterday. Phony and apologist for America’s enemies, today.

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“Female circumcision” is barbaric, pure and simple. I hate it when intellectuals start examining violent acts from a purely academic standpoint. It just makes them look foolish.

Norman Blitzer on December 3, 2007 at 2:52 pm

And one more thing, in defense of Margaret Meade:
[Remember, the most famous anthropologist in history was Margaret Meade. And she fabricated her entire study on Samoans' uninhibited sexual practices. A complete fraud.]
She did not fabricate her study on “Samoans’ uninhibited sexual practices”. Some of the women of the study were traced and questioned about the study. They claimed to have lied to Meade about their lifestyle. However, these women probably lied about lying to Meade to protect their reputations since they were elders and converts to Christianity.

Norman Blitzer on December 3, 2007 at 3:05 pm

Not a peep from the bleed hard femenist movement is to be heard on this issue and I wonder why.
I’m suprised that the anthropoligists didn’t pose a question about child sacrifice.Well why not? Afterall, its none of our damn business to know what parents do to their kids.Its part of their religious pratice and the government should keep its nose out of it.Ironically, slavery is still prevalent in those countries amid the female genital mutilation “ritual” and yet the anthropoligists don’t whine about that either.Infact, they commend cultures that pratices such barbarity and even hold them superior to ours.That just shows you how demented liberals are for wanting to introduce this ritual to our country to show how every ethnicity from different cultures have something to contribute to the worlds.In other words, we Americans who have laws and guidlines are not that much different than some cannibal from some island in the Pacifics. We are all put in the same equation. This mad rubbish more than one could bear.

Jew Chick on December 3, 2007 at 3:13 pm

It seems they are tied in knots trying to justify barbarism. This is also the reason human trafficking (i.e. slavery) continues today. The perpetrators are excused over and over by outside “observers”. I’m so tired of excusing third world behavior just because it is the third world.

mkanderson on December 3, 2007 at 3:25 pm

What these so called “experts” fail to include in their reports is the majority of these girls have the barbaric procedure done in less than sanitary conditions, sometimes in the middle of a dirt hut. They are also performed by individuals with zero medical training, with rusted, and/or dull instruments. Often times the girls incur infections that cause severe, chronic pain and are forever disfigured. What the hell is wrong with ANYONE who thinks this is simply a right of passage into womanhood? If they allow the girls to reach an age of consent and THEN they decide on their own to have this procedure done fine. But to assult young girls who have barely even started their journey into womanhood is unforgivable. This is nothing less than nauseating!

musiccgirl on December 3, 2007 at 3:41 pm

I have read the article and the above comments and must say, there is really nothing I could add to the topic that would be helpful. I pretty much get the drift, the barbarians are at it again and the friggin idots are agreeing with them. How about this: send a few of those anthropoligists over to see Dr. Joe. We’ll see how they feel about mutilation after I’ve sharpened up my scalpel on their genitals . . .

JoeBoy on December 3, 2007 at 5:49 pm

Here’s the left’s latest: you can’t spank your kid in Massachusetts, but it’s fine for Muslims to rip out a child’s genitalia.
If you’re a member of the AAA and you don’t quit, you’re mentally disturbed.

sonomaca on December 3, 2007 at 7:06 pm

Norman–
Re Margaret Mead–
The jury is still out. Scholars have been arguing about her findings for years.
There is certainly no doubt that like Kinsey, she was inclined to dink the results in favor of promiscuity, and probably (also like Kinsey) she was homosexual.
AND–like Kinsey, since her findings were promoted and accepted by the establishment academics for so many years, it would be a long, long time before anyone would step up to discredit them.
In general, there is not a whole lot of science in most anthropology unless it is physical anthro. Cultural anthro (as you can see from this thread) has become sickeningly PC.

Red Ryder on December 3, 2007 at 7:28 pm

Cultural anthroplogy is PC, but so is bascially every other liberal arts field. Finding a tenure track position at a respectable university as a right of center scholar is highly unlikely. An old friend of mine is a professor now, having been politically reborn as a liberal feminist in graduate school. At least he’s still circumsized.

Anonymous1 on December 3, 2007 at 9:37 pm

It isn’t even in the Koran so why do they do something so barbaric and as was pointed out in unsanitary conditions. Based on some custom. It is really sick.

adam6275 on December 4, 2007 at 1:59 am

“Its part of their religious pratice…”
Well Jew Chick, that’s just not true now, is it.
God knows I love to criticize religion and all its idiocies, but actually female genital mutilation is nothing to do with religion. It’s a pagan ritual that was practiced for centuries before modern religions were even conceived.
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To be fair the AAA isn’t saying FGM is acceptable, they are saying “let’s debate the subject openly, rather than brush it under the carpet.” I appreciate that reasoned debate is anathema to you far-right types, but you do not have the right to prevent those who will discuss from doing so.

No Pasaran! on December 4, 2007 at 2:30 am

It’s not in the qur’an . . .however, the following hadith argues that it is required as part of the Sunnah or Tradition of the Prophet:
Um Atiyyat al-Ansariyyah said: A woman used to perform circumcision in Medina. The Prophet (pbuh) said to her: Do not cut too severely as that is better for a woman and more desirable for a husband.
FGM is not merely “female circumcision” . Infibulation is the female version of castration and penectomy. Those unfamiliar with this procedure as performed in third world cesspools should consider reading first hand accounts as found in “Slave: My True Story” by Mende Nazer, or “My Life” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
***quote “In general, there is not a whole lot of science in most anthropology unless it is physical anthro. Cultural anthro (as you can see from this thread) has become sickeningly PC. -
Posted by: Red Ryder” ***end quote
Exactly. When it comes to anything Muhammedan – grand theft and undermining of our language is to be expected. To comprehend the peace, justice, or honor through the prism of islam, a familiarity with the qur’an, hadith and sira defines those concepts within the limited context of dar al islam vs. dar al harb.
We in the west understand concepts of “peace, justice, honor, women’s rights” within the prism of UN sanctioned Universal Human Rights (http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html). Human rights and the Sharia are definitely and irremediably irreconcilable and antagonistic.
Hence the introduction in 1990, the OIC sanctioned Cairo Declaration, the Shari’a?based ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Islam (UDHRI)’. (http://www.religlaw.org/interdocs/docs/cairohrislam1990.htm)
As stated by Bat Ye’or: “This document states in its preamble, and in articles 24 and 25, that all its provisions are in conformity with the sharia, the religious Islamic law, which has primacy. Moreover, it proclaims that God has made the Islamic community (umma) the best nation ? and, hence, its role is to guide humanity. We can see here the differences between the Cairo Declaration and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which does not refer to any religion or to the superiority of any group over another, but stresses the absolute equality of all human beings.”
Here is an informative video about fgm:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ0l9yDgN-8
As for John Tierny and his question: “Are critics of this practice, who call it female genital mutilation, justified in trying to outlaw it, or are they guilty of ignorance and cultural imperialism? ”
So long as we in the west hold to the convention of UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS, it is not ‘cultural imperialism’. Rather, it is those from barbaric cultures who wish to inflict their ‘cultural’ practices within dar al harb who are ‘imperialist’.

justamomof4 on December 4, 2007 at 6:31 am

These little third worlders are really getting on my nerves.

John Cunningham on December 4, 2007 at 11:56 am

Why do you people care what happens to these women? The less they enjoy sex, the less children they’re likely to have. Enough said. Cut away as far as I’m concerned.

LoveAManInAUniform on December 4, 2007 at 12:44 pm

Yet again, just another example of how savage these people are. And, whoever said that there is merit to an open debate on the issue, clearly does not understand the underlying principles of what “humanity” represents. Let’s see, we have a cultive people who: behead anyone who does not believe as they do, cut off limbs to set examples for others, mutilate women to make them behave, riot incessantly just to have something to do, blow up innocents with bombs strapped to their children… all in the name of their “religion”. And that merits an open DEBATE?! All the idiots who believe there’s any debate are just that, idiots. In the minds of those perpetrating these heinous acts, there IS NO DEBATE. You’re wrong and they are right. Debate over. Once that caveat is understood by all, we can finally get down to the business of eliminating this tryanny from the globe.

FreeAmerican on December 4, 2007 at 1:32 pm

Left wing cultural relativism at it again. Remember – we cannot criticize this. Our culture is not perfect so we don’t have the moral authority. Chortle.

JasonBourne81 on December 4, 2007 at 1:34 pm

Don’t buy into the Marxists terminology. If cutting of the sheath covering a woman’s clitoris, that’d be analogous to boy circumcision, but would render the woman hypersexual, not an unfeeling cow.
What Moslem men do is remove the woman’s clitoris entirely (by excision), which is called a clitoridectormy.
The analog to this is penisdectomy, or lopping off a boy’s penis entirely.
Call it what it is. I think most Western women glow with admiration for Moslem when they hear the mistaken term female circumcision. They should hear what it really is, clitoridectomy.

Alarmed Pig Farmer on December 4, 2007 at 2:28 pm

Those who have a college education like to take pride in it and should provide intellectual maturity. But the social sciences are saturated with moral relativism and crack pot theories which include cultural relativism. So these anthropologists can’t help but speak what they have learned or programmed with. Misology to misogyny. Most revolutions start with a reform of the academic system……..

ie9ruw on December 4, 2007 at 2:34 pm

Also, I had the opportunity to consult with a major city fire department, and senior offical told me of numerous rolls into Somali homes, only to enter the house to see a freak out Somali father wielding a steak knife or scissors, demanding they make the squirting blood from the screaming 13 yr old Somali girl’s crotch.
Kept happening, so finally they called a police officer, who had the father incarcerated. Soon after, the officers and firemen we’re lectured on their lack of cultural sensitivity to the Moslems, and threatened the public servants with termination if they ever enforced the law on a Moslem child clitoridectomist again.
What the local leaders did was quietly set up for Moslem MDs to do the dirty deed profesionally and antiseptically in a few medical arts buildings around town.
Billed under free Mediaid insurance, of course.

Alarmed Pig Farmer on December 4, 2007 at 2:36 pm

Alarmed Pig Farmer, your account far exceeds unbelievable and is down right criminal! I cannot wrap my arms around this procedure and their reasoning behind it. Someone needs to cut off the fathers who-ha so that he too can enjoy the same pleasures that he has bestowed upon his daughter.
We have become a nation full of activists that will not look beyond their agenda to see the sheer brutality that has taken root on our shores.
Debbie, is it possible for you to do further investigation on this problem (female castration)and how our city officials have turned their backs and have allowed this torture to continue? All in the name of cultural sensitivity and political correctness. Unfreaking believable!!!
Either we stand up and fight these scumbags or we just open up the front doors to our homes and surrender. What is it going to be? The average American is too chickenshit to stand up for anything let alone a call to arms!! Nobody has ever won a struggle like we find ourselves in by going to the courts or visiting the voting booth!!

newinnewark on December 4, 2007 at 6:56 pm

Well, Alarmed Pig Farmer, I’m certainly happy that my tax dollars are going to fund culturally sensitive programs such as this. Child abuse is relative – didn’t you read that some women (feminazi anthropologists) feel that having their clit separated from their body is an empowering experience. I’m glad to know these boorish and ethnocentric police officers won’t be meddling in the family affairs of these peace loving, progressive, and modern immigrants’ advanced medical procedures anymore.

JasonBourne81 on December 4, 2007 at 9:28 pm

“… our city officials have turned their backs and have allowed this torture to continue? All in the name of cultural sensitivity and political correctness. Unfreaking believable!!!”
And indeed, completely untrue.
Still, let’s not let anything as inconvenient as ‘the truth’ get in the way of a good bigoted rant, ey?

No Pasaran! on December 5, 2007 at 4:28 am

No Pasaran,
We can always be assured that you will crawl out from under a rock and give us your distorted view of the truth. Oh, wait a minute, you forgot to post “the real truth” after calling me a bigot.
So, All Knowing Enlightened One, what is the “truth”?

newinnewark on December 5, 2007 at 9:16 am

“what is the “truth”?”
The truth, is anything YOU don’t say or don’t think.
Further, I would direct you to my post earlier in this thread.
[p.s. surely even you must consider yourself a bigot? How could anyone hold the consistently racist and bigoted views that you do and not consider themselves a bigot?]

No Pasaran! on December 5, 2007 at 10:22 am

No Pasaran,
Wow, what a powerful argument you put forth!! NOT!!
As I suspected you cannot debate the “truth”. What a childish response to my post.
Your village called and they want their idiot back. You need to return home now.

newinnewark on December 5, 2007 at 7:53 pm

This practice is so horrible that it’s almost hard to believe.
Loveamaninauniform, you are downright cold hearted. These are girls that are having this done without them wanting to. They are raped later and are used as meat by men. This has nothing to do with cutting down on them having children! Hopefully you’ll read ayaan hirsi ali’s book, Infidel, and perhaps you’ll see things differently.
To me, this isn’t up for debate. These girls are hurting and dying over this barbaric mysognist procedure NOW! And it needs to stop, not be *understood* or waste time *debating*.

Highrise on December 7, 2007 at 4:54 am

I’m a bit late with this post, I’ve only just found your website.
One of the earlier comments:
Why do you people care what happens to these women? The less they enjoy sex, the less children they’re likely to have. Enough said. Cut away as far as I’m concerned.
Posted by: LoveAManInAUniform at December 4,
Your blatant racism aside ñ it doesn’t work that way! In fact it’s the other way around. In most of these societies, the husband won’t sleep with his wife when she’s pregnant or breastfeeding (marriages are usually polygamous, so he sleeps with the other wives). Therefore, the best way for a woman to avoid unpleasant sex is to have lots of kids.
Katy

Katy on December 25, 2007 at 7:15 pm

Just to clarify, this is a Pharaonic practice, not Islamic (expressly forbidden therein). A whole host of other things to respond to that I just cannot find time in the world for. Disgusting article.

TwoEarsOneMouthForAReason on April 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm

The one thing which is wrong with fighters against FGM is that they typically don’t care about all those boys whose penises are routinely mutilated in many countries, including USA. Like if boys somehow have a lesser right to body integrity than girls. I don’t see why fight FGM and not rather genital mutilation in general. Oh, sorry, I forgot, it’s just a useless piece of skin, an error of evolution and removing it makes things actually better….. Yes, those pediatrists, sexuologists or just common sense are just plain stupid.

Jarda on May 17, 2013 at 1:31 pm

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