Thursday, May 24, 2007

Guess the Activism Group: Clitoraid

One of the many horrific 'customs' that still exists on this planet is female genital mutilation. An activism group has set up a non-profit organization hysterically called: Clitoraid

It is a crime against humanity that today, in this so called enlightened 21st century, women in under-developed countries are subjected by force to participate in the sex trades, are denied common freedoms as we know and enjoy in the west, and in certain cultures, are slaves to barbaric practices such as clitoral mutilation in the name of religion and, moreover, male dominance.

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According to a barbaric tradition that still persists in some parts of the world, female children are forced to undergo an excruciatingly painful procedure through which the clitoris is excised. The act is typically carried out without anesthesia and is often performed by female relatives, themselves earlier victims of the practice.
An estimated 135 million women worldwide are victims of this detestable tradition. Until now, with the damage done, little could be done to help them achieve the sexual pleasure known to the rest of humanity.
Damn right. You know, this is one of those things that we can universally agree on, I think. This is like child hunger and making sure everyone has safe water to drink. This should be a universally condemned issue... but its still going on. But Clitoraid is trying to do something. Theyre trying to help.
...help as many women as possible to regain their sense of pleasure and founded Clitoraid, a private non-profit organization with the aim to sponsor those women who want to have their clitoris rebuilt.

“Adopt a Clitoris” program was designed not to help just a few women, but to finance the construction of a unique, sanitary and specialized medical unit in which women of all nationalities and religions could have their clitoral sensation “rebuilt.”

We can all help. we can support our sisters, and Adopt a Clitoris!
Sweet! This is a fantastic idea! I mean, cant you picture the people who started this? Quirky, fun, feminists, who arent just mad-- theyre mad and doing something about it! My kind of people!

You can imagine my surprise (since you will be too) when I found out who started this charity. The Raelians.

Well knock me over with a feather.

Wonder how much proselytizing goes along with this? No matter the answer, I cant honestly say I wouldnt rather have the Raelian Missionaries around than the Christians. I dont know what to think about this. Like I said, genital mutilation should be a universal "NO!"... so why dont we have a world, secular organization like Clitoraid? Or do we, and I just dont know about it?

7 comments:

Chris Noble said...

Do you get a photo of your adoptee to hang on the wall?

I wonder what the surgeon thinks about the Raelian support. After the nonsense about cloning their track record in medical science isn't that great. I certainly wopuld not want to be associated with them.

ERV said...

Eh I was starting to feel sympathetic to the Raelians, but then I clicked around a bit more: Uh uh.

Gawd I love this cause though, and the name! Its wonderful!

The Rev. Jenner J. Hull said...

Wow. Leave it to religion to fuck up a good thing (i.e. female sexuality).

And leave it to new religions (Raelians? RAELIANS?) to fuck up a potential solution to the original fuck up.

Le sigh. "Clitoraid" would've been the best concert ever...

Tyler DiPietro said...

That is quite possibly the next line of attack for the New Atheist Assault on Religion (NAAR). What we need is a kick-ass feminist third-waver to ambush religion on the flank of it's persistent desire to punish women for their sexuality.

I can understand why men (who unfortunately almost monolithically make up the published authors on the NAAR reading list) would be a bit wary about taking on such a subject exclusively, seeing as though it could easily be seen as testosterone-laden and/or dirty old men using anti-theism as an excuse to obsess over hot, moist, sweet....anyway, it's a better topic for a woman to take on.

Maybe we can get Abbie published.

Kristjan Wager said...

"What we need is a kick-ass feminist third-waver to ambush religion on the flank of it's persistent desire to punish women for their sexuality."

They already do that. Look at how often this very subject is covered at blogs like Feministe.

Tyler DiPietro said...

"They already do that."

NOT IN BOOK FORM. We need to promote some rabid fire-breathing atheist like Amanda Marcotte to NYT and WSJ best selling author!!!!

Kristjan Wager said...

"We need to promote some rabid fire-breathing atheist like Amanda Marcotte to NYT and WSJ best selling author!!!!"

Watch those !'s - you are awfully close to insanity.

But it could be fun to see Dobson's head spin like the girl's head in the Exorcist.