ONE of Scotland's top theatre makers has created a powerful new play about the controversial practice of female genital
Before the trials the researchers speculated that the additional mystery plugs commonly found covering female genitals
might be produced by the copulating male, or the female, or perhaps both spider sexes.
Female genital cutting (FGC) is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
Female genital cutting consists of all procedure that involve partial or total removal of the external genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
The United Nations declares February 6 of every year as International day of zero tolerance to female genital cutting.
20) This has influenced legislation in many Western countries, where laws on "female genital mutilation" were passed to prohibit any procedure on the external female genitals, irrespective of age.
22,24,25) What are perceived as the boundaries demarcating "normal" female genitals in the eyes of the public, especially among youth, seem to have moved remarkably in recent years.
It is only in this commodified form that female genitals appear in dominant culture.
One of the participating artists from the New Q exhibition, Deborah Kelly, has called the ABC's initial censorship an `aural infibulation', and it does indeed seem analogous to the longstanding cultural violation and inadmissibility of aspects of the female body--in spite of female genitals being neither seen in Strutt and Davey's film, nor able to be seen on radio.
Lisa Rogers, her mother and her mother's friends make the argument that the fashion for removing pubic hair has increased the visibility of female genitals and therefore made the appearance of the vulva more of an issue.
I would suggest that "female genitals" is already very much a catch-all term and that if the person to whom the genitals belong identifies as female, then their genitals must be normal female genitals.
For instance, the 2012 European Parliament Resolution states that FGM legislation should not only prohibit all forms of FGM and provide for effective sanctions against perpetrators, but also "mandate a full range of prevention and protection measures, including mechanisms to coordinate, monitor and evaluate law enforcement, and should improve the conditions permitting women and girls to report cases of female genital mutilation.
Section 1 defines female genital mutilation using the well-known World Health Organization definition.
To begin this uncovery, she ventured into Africa and exposed women's sexual blinding, or what she prefers to term female genital mutilation.
Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women.