Sunday, March 19, 2006

Clits and Giggles

Two brief things I came across this week whose slogans made me laugh:

Clitoris Celebration: Think Outside the Box
Unbeknownst to me (and found via Feministing), "March 20 of every year is International Clitoris Day Celebration." The Julia Morgan Center for the Arts in Berkeley, CA hosted an event yesterday to celebrate, featuring Annie Sprinkle (NSFW). The sponsoring organization is Global Women Intact, which has a serious mission: to "end female circumcision through education, information, and alternative form of initiation ceremony."

No Room for Contraception, Always Room for Love
Also via Feministing, the site's purpose is to "expose the potential harms that contraception, birth control and sterilization bring to marriage and society. NRFC believes that the greatest goods of the sexual act are both the procreation of children and the union of the spouses." The site goes on to say, "The use of contraception has created a society that does not welcome children as the natural outcome of the sexual act" and "While some purport that contraception enables a couple to 'carefully plan' the births of their children, the use of a barrier or chemical rather than abstinence from the marital act redefines the function and purpose of sexual intercourse." The group also advocates "'sidewalk counseling' at pharmacies giving out information on the harms of birth control" and says "What women do and want will be decisive in determining whether the West survives the demographic clash with Islam." Okay, that's not nearly as funny as the slogan.

Resources:
  • Female Genital Mutilation - World Health Organization
  • Female Genital Cutting - National Women's Health Information Center
  • Female Genital Mutilation: Legal Prohibitions Worldwide - Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Female Genital Mutilation: A Human Rights Information Pack - Amnesty International
  • Female Genital Mutilation - UNICEF
  • STOPFGM
  • Prevalence of FGM - U.S. Department of State
  • Female Genital Cutting - USAID
  • Female Genital Mutilation - American Academy of Pediatrics Bioethics Committee policy statement
  • MedlinePlus: Birth Control - National Library of Medicine

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    MeSH Tags: Circumcision, Female; Contraception; Human Rights
  • 2 Comments:

    Anonymous Tim W. said...

    Excellent blog post title!

    (Although the genital mutilation stuff is disturbing to me, I must admit.)

    Kind regards,
    Tim

    3:54 PM  
    Anonymous SNM said...

    Fantastic links for FGM! Thank you so much for assembling all of these--what a valuable resource. You should also check out RAINBO (http://www.rainbo.org/), which is another really good FGM site.

    2:24 AM  

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