"Please help me to tell the world to leave
the woman's body the way God created it."
Why mess with what God has made (in my opinion) damn near perfect?
I could not agree more with the young lady below!
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Date: Wed, 23 Apr 97 02:11:23 GMT
comments=As a child I SAW A GIRL who was circumcised at the age of
10 and and she died during the process.
My aunt can't have any kids becuase of this primitive attitude.
I can't enjoy my womanwood simply because man in my culture they
think women will be prostitutes.
Please help me to tell the world to leave the woman's body the way
God created it.
How is life treating you=Not bad
The following is from an interview of the Algerian feminist
Khalida Mesaoudi by French journalist Elisabeth Schelma. Mesaodi
comments on the political implications of Islamic fundamentalism
for women. Mesaodi has been sentenced to death by the Islamic
Salvation Front (FIS, according to its French acronym) terrorist
group in Algeria.
Khalida Mesaoudi : When I read Columba by
Prosper Mérimée, it reminds me of the status of women in traditional
Algerian society. Yet, Columba is Christian, and we are Muslims.
One should not look for the answers in religion as a faith.
Besides, Algerians have been Muslims for fourteen centuries,
but emotional and sexual destitution has become an alarming
social phenomenon only in recent years.
Elisabeth Schelma : If Islam is only a pretext, as
you suggest, then what underlies this fixation?
Khalida Mesaoudi : Sexuality. The fundamentalists,
like any totalitarian movement, want to exercise absolute
control over society, and they fully realized that
the place to start was by seizing control of women's
sexuality, something Mediterranean-style patriarchy
facilitates. In addition, like all purifiers, they
hate and persecute difference, which inevitably accompanies
democracy. Now, what women represent is desire, seduction,
mystery, trouble, and also alterity, which is immediately
visible on their bodies. That is why the Islamists
are so anxious to hide the female body, to veil it,
to make biological difference disappear from the body's
external signs. The women who refuse to submit to this
become perfect targets, because they embody the Other
that the fundamentalists need to mobilize and rally
people to their cause. This was even easier in Algeria
during the time when the fundamentalists were gaining
influence, because women were the most vulnerable members
of society and had been made even more vulnerable by
the pre-existing systems, colonization and then the
F.L.N. [National Liberation Front, the official single-party
in control of the Algerian government].