I am glad you found much of interest on my
page about female circumcision. I had a little trouble understanding
exactly the last part of your message. I have received a couple of e-mail's
in response to that page, all more or less saying the same thing. I just
thought the practice of female circumcision so ineffably horrific and
terrifying that I felt moved to comment. This being my webpage, I have
that right. The practice of mutilating young girls has its defenders
and I tried to put an example of their arguments so that other people
could read them and make up their own minds.
As a teacher, I have taught the noble religion
of Islam in my classes and respect their convictions as I understand
them (I do not remember anything about clitoral circumcision in the Koran).
However, when those practices conflict directly with core beliefs of
mine such as freedom of speech and thought, respect for the individual
and their dignity, democracy and pluralism, etc. that certain Muslims
do not respect, I have no patience for it. I believe in respecting other
people until they prove undeserving of that respect. If I think a practice
utterly barbaric (such as cutting off clitorises or killing
people for their ideas), I will say so no matter from what country
or culture they might be. Obviously, I would not advocate trying to interfere
in the affairs of some distant and alien country, for example, such as
Somalia over this ritual (although I advocated sending food when people
were starving there). I fully realize they have their own country, culture,
problems and historical dynamic. I have absolutely no desire to "dominate" some
tiny country thousands of miles away. Nor do I necessarily think that
my own country is so great. However, if a person moves to the United
States and with premeditation mutilates a young girl's genitalia, we
Americans can and should throw their ass in jail. Throw it UNDERNEATH the
jail, as far as I am concerned. If that is ethnocentric or disrespectful
of other cultures, then so be it.
I hope you were able to read some of the
more positive pages on my "Thoughts
Worth Thinking" page - or perhaps my page about rape since
that seems an issue close to your heart.
Very Truly Yours,
At 08:10 PM 2/21/97 -0500, you wrote:
Thank you Mr. Geib for your page on female
circumcision. I absolutely do not agree with it. The Man who wrote an
e-mail in response to you picture listing its benifits has no idea what
a female's life in America is like in the first place. How, I ask, does
he defend it by stating it will decrease rape cases because they can't
feel? And what says the man will still be a virgin by marriage. Rape
is a crime of power that happens because the rapist is sick not because
of the woman herself. I am currently taking a women's studies at Southern
Methodist University, and although this subject has yet to be discussed,
the person in response to your page obviously holds the old male school
of thought, and needs an awakening.
As a woman, I could state how every statement
made is in no relation to the feeling of becoming and being a woman.
In respose I do not agree obviously, but crossing cultural barriers is
not a question of todays American opinion, it is a question of whether
America has the right to dominate other countries. We live in a community
-- Earth, it is the smaller communities that we live in which we share
similar views and philosophies, respecting those in the other communities.
I don't live in Afica, my community is America.