The real story: Marilyn’s little-known plastic surgery transformed her from platinum yawn to redheadariffic, but Kennedy’s Secret Centerfold Agency had her executed for crimes against male incontinence.
Part of our continuing series on the breathtaking similarities between Third World â€œbarbarismâ€ and First World â€œsophisticationâ€
Mail & Guardian, South Africa: Activists in Dijibouti have convinced Muslim imams that cutting off the labia and clitorises of toddlers, then sewinâ€™em up like roast turkeys, is not necessarily indicated by the Koran. In a move unprecedented in the zillion-year history of female circumcision in Dijibouti, imams decided theyâ€™ll give in on the labia thing, but theyâ€™re standing firm on lopping off all the clitorises in the land. Why? Everyone knows that women who arenâ€™t lovingly mutilated as children by their mothers and grandmothers â€œget loose and become prostitutes.â€
Here is what those lucky circumcised girls can look forward to:
â€œSometimes girls take half an hour to urinate. The urethra is closed up during infibulation, forcing urine inside the vagina, before it finds its way out through the tiny hole left after circumcision.
Today, we had a patient who could not pee anymore. When we opened her up, we found lots of blood. The woman must have had menstruation for a year, but it could not get out.â€
Although female genital mutilation has been illegal in Dijibouti since 1994, social pressure keepsâ€™em comin back for more! Despite fears of death, infection, pain, and scarring. Women who have had the procedure say it has improved their lives.
Social pressure is nothing to sneeze at in Britain, either, where, despite fears of death, infection, pain, and scarring, 50% of women plan to have cosmetic surgery. Women who have had cosmetic procedures say that it has improved their lives.
Incidentally, I found the UK story in a section of the Daily Mail called â€œWomen & Family.â€ In accordance with British law, which states that woman, uterus, and toilet-cleaner are synonyms, there is no â€œMen & Familyâ€ section, and no â€œJust Women, No Familyâ€ section.