"It took a death threat to stop Abdi’s wife from circumcising their two daughters, aged 2 and 4. She called him from Somalia while on holiday to say she wanted to carry out the procedure.Ahh. . . so the mothers-in-law are the pivotal culprits in that game. Wouldn't ya know it?
"Abdi, a London-based Somali, said that his wife’s eagerness to circumcise their daughters was fuelled by a combination of religious, cultural and tribal pressures placed on her after she took the girls to Somalia for a brief summer break last year.
"But he refused to be swayed, despite his wife’s argument that the girls would improve their chances of attracting a good husband because they would be perceived as being more traditional and pure.
“I told my wife and her mother — who was really eager to have my girls circumcised — that if they dare do it, I will kill my wife,” he said. “And I also said I will take the girls to the GP when they return from Somalia to make sure that they didn’t have it done to them.”
"Abdi, 29, is one of a growing number of African men opposing female circumcision because of the psychological and physiological effects it has on its victims. “It is women who believe in the concept as their duty to look after their children,” said Abdi, who is also aware of prospective mother-in-laws examining their sons’ future brides to ensure they are circumcised.
"Women “fear that if they don’t circumcise their daughters then they won’t be able to get them married”, he said.
“I know many men who work very hard — and at times make serious threats to their wives — to make sure their girls don’t get circumcised,” he added."
Well. Hurrah for those MEN who are working very hard to put a stop to such things!
Ain't that right, feminists? Ain't that right?
Oh my! I am hearing a lot of silence. . . . . . . .
Oh very well! Go on and scream MISOGYNY because I called out something bad about women! You know goddamn well you want to say that, so say it!! I ain't afraid o' no big bad M word! Try me! Go on, bitch! I double-dog dare ya! TRY ME!!!
Or. . . can it be. . . . that you DON'T HONESTLY CARE about female circumcision at all, if men are not shown to be the guilty parties. . .?
All right, then I would advise you to completely ignore the part about female circumcision, and shine your spotlight exclusively upon those men who are making death threats, so it turns into a narrative about patriarchal violence against women!
There. See how easy that was?
Ahhhh.....what a relief!
Here is the article in its native habitat: http://tinyurl.com/clnz8k