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June 20, 2006



I wanna be in your book club.


Hi Karen,
Unfortunately there is something as violent as foot-binding that exists today: clitorectomy or female genital mutilation. It might be argued that this is not taking place within our culture but it's surprisingly widespread and occurs with some frequency in Toronto, for example. Young girls who are born in North America are forced to undergo this procedure as their parents fear that they will be unmarriageable if they don't. Alice Walker's novel "Possessing the Secret of Joy" deals with this troubling issue. My book club read it a number of years ago and it provoked one of the most spirited discussions we'd had as a group. (I don't mean to come off as pedantic).


Yes, we did mention that at book group, but I guess I didn't realize it occurs in North America. We were trying to think of something that we ourselves do to/for our daughters as a "favor" to help them have a better life -- something that doesn't seem like much of a "favor" at the time. Like urging them to conform or act girly or whatever.

I don't know if I could read that book. It would haunt me forever.

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