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Will Naomi Wolf Fight Female Genital Mutilation?

September 29, 2009


Naomi Wolf, Lucy Semiyan Mashua

I have a little follow-up to my run-in with Naomi Wolf over the sexiness of the burqa.

As our readers will be familiar, Wolf went on a political pilgrimage to Morocco, Jordan, and Egypt and found a thriving sexuality behind the veil.

I have been wondering ever since if Wolf was at all concerned about what state women’s vaginas were in within the sexual paradises that she visited and praised, seeing that the barbaric crime of female genital mutilation is perpetrated with high frequency in the areas she visited.

But not that a fellow traveler would care about anything like that.

Who does care is Lucy Semiyan Mashua, a freedom fighter from Kenya who survived several kinds of genital mutilation, slavery, child abuse, rape and torture. Today she is leading a new global campaign against female genital mutilation. Will you help? It might just take signing a petition. Please enter the fight by reading all about the new effort to save girls from this genocide.

Will Naomi Wolf join the battle? For instance, will she denounce the Islamic theology and teachings that lead to the mutilation of Muslim girls in Islamic countries?

Should we hold our breath?

  1. jbtrevor permalink
    September 29, 2009 6:38 am

    In her own words:

    “But are we in the West radically misinterpreting Muslim sexual mores, particularly the meaning to many Muslim women of being veiled or wearing the chador? And are we blind to our own markers of the oppression and control of women?”

    In the article she answers the questions: yes were are “misinterpreting Muslim sexual mores and we are blind to our own markers of the oppression and control of women.

    I wonder what kind of ‘marker” Ms. Wolfe believes genital mutilation is (or isn’t)?

  2. Jamie Glazov permalink*
    September 29, 2009 7:21 am

    Good point.

    The key of course is that she doesn’t care.

  3. ElanaSe permalink
    September 29, 2009 8:45 am

    “And are we blind to our own markers of the oppression and control of women?”

    Yes, Naomi, YOU and your ilk are blind to our own, let alone Muslim women. We’re still waiting for your comment and denounce of Polanski. And meanwhile so called feminists bombarding us with this garbage:

  4. Joe permalink
    September 29, 2009 8:50 am

    Of course she doesn’t care. I will also submit that we aren’t misinterpreting a damn thing! The treatment of women by Muslim men is about control, pure and simple. Women are considered as having half the value of men. Nowhere is it dictated that women must be completely covered. They must dress modestly, but it is the controlling men who have decided that means being covered from head to toe. In the heat of the middle east, why is it that men wear cool and breezy white, while women wear black. They are not worthy, and must be reminded of thier place. It is a sick, twisted society that values control of one sex by the other.

    • September 29, 2009 10:23 pm

      Actually, Joe, it’s not even dictated that they dress modestly. Arabic has no word for ‘modesty.’ What is usually mistranslated as ‘modesty’ is actually ‘crotch.’ They are to guard their crotches and cover their ‘bosoms.’ I’ve read the Koran, the authoritative Hadiths, and a couple of Sira. and as far as I can tell, Islam really only requires that women wear a thong bikini. They’re also not supposed to leave the house unless it’s absolutely necessary and then, only with an owner, so according to Sharia, women aren’t supposed to really be outside, anyway. FGM, on the other hand, is just assumed to always take place all over the Hadith. It’s strongly recommended by 3 of the 4 Sunni schools and required by the 4th. FGM is far more Islamic than the burka.

      • winoceros permalink
        October 2, 2009 9:28 am

        Nice to see you, jdamn.


  5. Marylou permalink
    September 29, 2009 1:00 pm

    without reading the article, No.

  6. SabbyWrt permalink
    September 29, 2009 10:05 pm

    I hope she does. But, Mr. Glazov please don’t hold your breath. It will not kill you but you will pass out and feel pretty bad after that happens.

  7. September 30, 2009 1:32 am

    I would be very interested in seeing Wolf’s response.

  8. Jamie Glazov permalink*
    September 30, 2009 5:01 am

    So would I Walter.

  9. SabbyWrt permalink
    September 30, 2009 12:57 pm

    I keep looking at this thread in hopes that Ms. Wolf will say something ….. just something about these women and girls. Nada. I hear crickets.

  10. September 30, 2009 1:05 pm

    Naomi Wolf is a typical male hating Western feminist. She is so caught up in her anti-Western dogma she has no ability think clearly. This is clearly the case with Wolf”s “Islamic observations”.

    Naomi recently left comments to a Phyllis Chesler article which had critiqued Naomi’s “sexy burka” article. Naomi proved herself incapable of rational discourse. In short she is an idiot.

  11. C Johnson permalink
    September 30, 2009 2:00 pm

    It should be noted that Wolf went to Morocco, Jordan and Egypt . . . not Kenya where Lucy Semiyan Mashua, a Christian, is from.

    FGM was never practiced in Morocco, I can’t speak to Jordan but if you want more info on Egypt read Nawal El Saadaw’s book, The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World (1977; transl. by Sherif Hetata, 1980).

    Saadaw is an Egyptian feminist (Muslim) who has spoken out about all sorts of injustice hidden behind religion and society. In any case, FGM is not just an Islamic practice. Because it is also done by Christians it would be more accurate to call it cultural practice.

    I appreciate you bringing up FGM–it’s a terrible practice that will hopefully end via education, modernization, democracy.

    However, you are clearly not qualified in this subject and are therefore doing a disservice to your readers as well as those women and families who have been victimized by this practice.

    • jbtrevor permalink
      September 30, 2009 2:06 pm

      C Johnson said
      “However, you are clearly not qualified in this subject and are therefore doing a disservice to your readers as well as those women and families who have been victimized by this practice.”

      And what exactly are the qualifications to speak of a horrific oppressive act?


  12. Check it out permalink
    September 30, 2009 2:26 pm

    I recall reading a biography of the famous explorer & scholar Richard Burton who, after living in the Islamic mid-east a while, explained that the real reason for removing the clitoris was that it made it hard for women to masturbate and simultaneously made them crave much more vaginal sex with a man. In other words, FGM is really for the sexual benefit of the Muslim man, not purity, and since Muslim men control women completely – a big attraction of Islam for many – FGM is not going away.

  13. Breanna permalink
    September 30, 2009 4:13 pm

    Ok someone isnt very bright…one quick google later and we find!….

    That Wolf has already been talking about FGM…look in her book

    • winoceros permalink
      October 2, 2009 9:28 am

      The only person who isn’t bright is Wolf. Her take on FGM is that “it could be argued that women do it to themselves” (you know, since Muslim girls can’t get married and all unless they have clitoridectomies and women are the erstwhile surgeons).

      Nowhere does she discuss the Islamic tenets, and addresses the process obliquely. She spends more time talking about the pain of a penis implant than what happens to these women.

      Now, onto foot-binding, and other archaic oppressive practices that no longer exist!!

  14. Joseph White permalink
    September 30, 2009 9:17 pm

    She won’t say a thing on it, unless it’s happening to her.

  15. krkyoldhag permalink
    October 1, 2009 6:49 am

    I rotated thru OB/GYN at Parkland Hospital where I saw first hand the results of genital mutilation. That’s too nice a word for it. The woman’s pubic area was smooth with no labia, only a small round opening in the skin for urination. To deliver the baby the doctor had to make a surgical incision and then was forced to restitch the area after delivery.

    This was a horror to have to assist as a nurse this procedure.

    Some of these mutilations are done with broken glass and the girls are forced to do it..both by family custom and by restraint.
    After this experience I researched this subject and was shocked further. In all I saw six of these women who arrived in their Burkas. I saw nothing sexy in any of this. Only horror.

    Oh to top it off the husband insisted we not give this first woman pain medicine. I told him when you have our first contraction we will discuss pain meds. She got hers.

    • winoceros permalink
      October 2, 2009 9:30 am

      Savage barbarians. Cultural monsters. “Sub-culture” used to be a valid term. It’s certainly appropriate here.

  16. Jan permalink
    October 3, 2009 8:58 am

    It is incredible how quickly this disgusting woman turns your mind from ISLAM over to it simply being a “cultural” thing….

    This is the problem with whats going on here in the West: We have these nutjobs blowing their own children up and we watched 3000+ innocent Americans blown to hell on 9/11, but somehow they make sure that the common denominator in all attacks around the world is
    LEFT OUT: The fact that they are all ISLAMIC. Political correctness will be the folly that kills us all. In parts of Europe the appeasment towards Islamic people has literally stripped everyone else of their free speech rights, and its coming here to America. Our present Administration and Homeland Security is so stupid that they are using Imans to help them catch terrorists (recently finding out that the Iman sold the feds out, of course) and hiring
    muslims to hold a great deal of authority in our own Homeland Security laws. This is like
    giving crazy hippie chicks authority over the laws governing crimes that Manson ordered.
    We are so afraid of offending someone, that we are willing to put our own selves and our kids in jeopardy by doing stupid things to appease Islam. To hell with Islam. I have no time for this crap. My child had a small silver cross torn off her neck and we still haven’t gotten it back, but yet I just read a few months ago that kids went home from a public school in Mass., telling their parents that they were forced to dress up like muslims, learn and receite muslim prayers on a mat, and if they refused they would fail THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR.

    AMERICA HAD BETTER WAKE UP. I have no idea why feminists would be in favor of Islam anyway: do they think if we were under Sharia law that they would still be able to dress like
    sluts and run off to the abortion clinic? Do they think gays would be treated well? The whole bunch would be the FIRST to have their heads lobbed off. These are a bunch of very stupid
    women: ITS NO WONDER THEY CAN’T GET A MAN. Even men can’t stand that height of stupidity.


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