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I'm tired of having the nice, polite-sounding Why should we have the right to stop child-circumcision? debate. Let's call it what it is. Let's have the open and frank Why the hell should you be allowed to mutilate your children's genitalia? debate.

Likewise, let's not have the Why should abortion be legal? debate. Let's have the Why should we force women to donate the use of their body to another organism? debate.

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Re-posting this from last October. Because: reasons.

They have no autonomy
And you have all the power
So you prune off their anatomy;
Like you'd dead-head fading flowers.

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From Change.org:

You wouldn't think school girls in the UK have to worry about female genital mutilation (FGM), but we do. Although it is illegal in the UK, it is still happening – 24,000 girls in the UK are currently at risk of FGM. People just don't talk about it, doctors don't check for it and teachers don't teach it.

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I'm quite aware that my normal tone could probably best be described as "snarky bastard," so this one's something of a departure for me. How to begin…?

The last few days, I've been in pretty much of a dark place. Not, I hasten to add, that words like "clinical" would be appropriate; but, well, shit's happened and I've not quite managed my usual "if you can't fix it, don't let it get to you" bounce-back. Some of it, a major part of it, is stuff that's happened offline and I've kept mostly private, in that I've not spread it around much online (being mostly a private sorta chap). Couple that with a few nights of (possibly not unrelated) insomnia, and well… you can probably imagine that the bounce in my bounce-back would be slightly less, erm, bouncy than normal.

Then there's the online shit.

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They have no autonomy
And you have all the power
So you prune off their anatomy;
Like you'd dead-head fading flowers.

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If you need to look up what's bad about rape and abuse;
If the mutilation of children's genitalia requires your use
Of a book of instructions from God on high
Before you'll condemn it, then my, oh my—

You're a contemptible little shite.
Please stop wasting my oxygen.

(No, I wasn't aiming for subtlty.)
Daz


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…And, from the jollies of the previous post to the deadly serious.

This is a petition that all in the UK really really need to be signing:

Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation.

Responsible department: Department for International Development

Female genital mutilation comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. It has no health benefits and harms girls and women in many ways.

It involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue, and hence interferes with the natural function of girls' and women's bodies. The practice causes severe pain and has several immediate and long-term health consequences, including difficulties in childbirth also causing dangers to the child.

We the undersigned, ask that the government use all of it's political and economic influence to deter this barbaric practice at home and abroad.

Click here to sign the petition
Daz


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