United Nations Announces Global Ban on Female Genital Mutilation

The United Nations General Assembly's human rights committee unanimously voted to enact a global ban against female circumcision, instructing the UN's 193 member states to take direct action by enacting legislation and leading education campaigns for both young women and men in order to penalize violators and protect… » 11/27/12 10:00am 11/27/12 10:00am

Vibrators and Clitoridectomies: How Victorian Doctors Took Control of Women’s Orgasms

Given over a century's worth of pleasure that followed its invention, history may easily forget that development of the vibrator in Victorian England was just one salvo in a larger culture war fought over women's bodies. (Sound familiar?) While some doctors were figuring out how to give women orgasms, others were… » 5/31/12 4:20pm 5/31/12 4:20pm

Senegal Moves Toward Ending Female Circumcision

For years human rights organizations have been working to put an end to the tradition of cutting off a girl's clitoris, which an estimated 92 million African women and girls have been subjected to. Particularly rapid progress is being made in Senegal, thanks to a local movement that addresses the problem with… » 10/17/11 11:10am 10/17/11 11:10am

A.G. Mukasey Rights One Of Many Wrongs Done To Victim Of FGM

Attorney General Michael Mukasey, after getting pressure from Congress, has reversed a decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals » 9/23/08 1:30pm 9/23/08 1:30pm that would have sent an unnamed 28-year-old asylum-seeker back to to her home country of Mali. The woman was seeking asylum based on the fact that her tribe, the Bambara, would and any…

Anti-Circumcision Movement Gains Ground In Egypt • Vaginal Infection Linked To HIV

A grass-roots movement against female circumcision » 8/04/08 5:30pm 8/04/08 5:30pm in Egypt (where 96% of married women are circumcised) is gaining momentum with mothers considering circumcision for their daughters. • will "perpetually remain five to 10 years away." Why? Pharmaceutical companies believe they aren't marketable, although many men…

Still Down From Last Night's Top Model? Adopt A Clitoris!

So... "female genital mutilation." Sorta hard to type the words without getting weak in the lungs! (Especially with the memory of the wine I consumed following Fatima's wrenching revelation she'd had her clit removed and her labia sewn together as a child last night on Top Model still so fresh in my gut; oh god, room… » 2/21/08 1:00pm 2/21/08 1:00pm

Ann Coulter Finally Explains What's Behind That Adam's Apple

  • Ann Coulter refers to self in third-person, suggests she may own a pair of testicles. [Radar]
  • Sad news for female sports fans: ESPN is apparently just as sexist and hostile a workplace as you'd think it would be. [NYPost]
  • Egypt has finally outlawed female circumcision. [Salon]
  • Meanwhile, a little farther to the…
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