Comments: Female Circumcision, Part Two

I don't get it. Islam wants to make the whole planet an ideal Islamic state which, by definition, means they want to crap on more than half of the worlds' population in the manner which you describe, yet it's not nice to say there's a little something wrong with Islam. Until I read your post I hadn't realized that this sort of practice existed outside of a few tribal cultures in Africa. So, I'm now less ignorant thanks to you.


Posted by Rashputin at September 13, 2004 05:05 PM

That's not entirely fair. Islam is as diverse as Christianity. There are groups of Muslims who are highly oppressive towards women. There are groups where women are doctors, lawyers, etc. Suffrage is a different matter.

And female circumcision is by no means widespread in the Islamic world. Just want to clarify that.

Posted by Jennifer at September 13, 2004 05:30 PM

Well, thanks for clearing it up then. Now I'll just have to ponder the marginal things like seeming to find slavery OK rather than outright mutilation while mulling over the "Religion of Peace".


Posted by Rashputin at September 13, 2004 08:04 PM

Indeed. :-\

Posted by Jennifer at September 13, 2004 08:33 PM

Yeah, good thing Christian societies never practiced the objectification of women or other groups. Social status derived through body modification is a complicated enough discussion without unnecessarily dumbing it down with prejudice or introducing unrelated side issues.

Posted by M at September 14, 2004 01:42 PM