I am so angry. I am so angry I don’t even know how to put it in words. But I’ll make the attempt. The American, AMERICAN, Academy of Pediatrics in the United States of America, in the year 2010, is asking the pediatric Doctors, you know the kind with Medical Licenses, to perform female GENITAL MUTILATION.
FGM is a harmful traditional practice with serious health risks that affects up to 140 million women and girls around the world. It is acknowledged internationally as a human rights violation and an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. This practice involves the removal of various parts of female genitalia and is carried out across Africa, some countries in Asia and the Middle East, as well as in locations where FGM-practicing immigrants reside, including the United States. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimated in 1997 that over 168,000 girls and women living in the U.S. have either been, or are at risk of being, subjected to FGM.
Unsurprisingly the people behind this nonsense are men, but my god, I mean, even men have to accept that this is a horrific practice. This is from the pdf they released:
I sent the following letter, the contact information for these unbelievable idiots is at the bottom.
How dare you? How dare you, in the name of “cultural sensitivity”, be so insensitive to the fact that millions of women have lost their lives, their ability to reproduce, and their ability to feel pleasure because of a barbaric tradition that you are now supporting. You are endorsing this behavior! Have you completely lost your mind? Obviously you’ve lost any perspective or moral guideposts.
In America, you are supporting the ritualistic abuse of children who aren’t old enough to decide what is right for them because their parents want to cut off their clitoris to prevent them from feeling pleasure. That is the goal of this behavior. It is disgusting, absolutely disgusting that you feel the need to be so accommodationist that you refuse to take a moral stance here. Cutting off women’s genitals is wrong. You know that.
First do no harm, do you not remember this oath? Tell me how you are doing no harm. Are you not harming psychologically all the poor girls, even if you’ve invented some sort of half-mutilation with no long term physical effects. Guess what, you’re saying that the medical community endorses the idea that women should not feel pleasure. This is the 21st century in America and you’re asking that doctors endorse behavior that wasn’t even appropriate 500 years ago. Will you next be endorsing leeches? Castration for good singers?
Do you not have daughters? I can’t help but notice you are all men. I hope you know that this decision isn’t just wrong, it isn’t just bad, it is evil.
Shame on you. I want a retraction. And an apology. And an individual apology to every girl who’s ever been wounded by this evil practice against their will. You should go door to door.
Ashley F. Miller
Errol R. Alden, M.D. FAAP
Executive Director/CEO, American Academy of Pediatrics
141 Northwest Point Blvd
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1019
Phone: +1 847 434 7500
Fax: +1 847 434 8385
Please send copies of your letters to the American Board of Medical Specialties and the American Board of Pediatrics at the addresses listed below:
Kevin B. Weiss, M.D., MPH
President and CEO, American Board of Medical Specialties
222 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: +1 312 436 2600
Fax: +1 312 436 2700
Alan R. Cohen, M.D.
Chair, The American Board of Pediatrics
111 Silver Cedar Court
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: +1 919 929 0461
Fax: +1 919 913 2070
There are lots of things I don’t understand in the world. One of the primary ones is “animal people”.
For example, people who treat their animals like people rather than pets. I mean, I get some psychological reasons that one might do that, as a replacement for children for example, but I don’t understand it. I don’t understand people who are against meat eating or wearing fur because they think it’s wrong to kill animals. I understand people who don’t eat meat because they’ve got problems with the meat industry, particularly how it treats humans, but that’s about humans. I don’t understand people who really get themselves into financial trouble over creatures that probably won’t live much longer and are in pain.
Now, I don’t mean to say that it’s OK to abuse animals. You know, I get that Michael Vick was not cool, and he was punished, so good. But even that is something I don’t know how to summon real moral outrage for.
There are probably two main factors in this. One, I am allergic to everything. Two, I grew up in the South where the dogs I met were all hunting dogs. They were loved, and they were useful, but they weren’t typically over-sentimentalized. When they were 11 and got cancer, no one spent thousands of dollars on prolonging their life, they just put them down. And of course the entire point of a hunting dog is to assist in the pursuit and killing of a different animal.
I am just as prone to squee at the cute face of a puppy or kitten. I grew up on the beach, though, so I have a closer affinity to baby sea life. Like Baby Sea Turtles.
I don’t think people should go around squishing them or torturing them or anything. And I’m totally for preserving animals that are going extinct. But if sea turtles weren’t endangered, and someone wanted to eat one, I’d say “OK, you’re a freak, but go for it.” I mean, I read Hatchet, I know you can eat turtle eggs, but they sounded pretty gross.
I don’t lack sympathy for the idea that animals shouldn’t be locked up, I mean, I tried to keep a gecko and it was always trying to get out and I couldn’t stand it, it was too sad and there was no point in keeping it trapped. I feel the same way about dogs and cats — it’s awful to keep them locked up in tiny condos and houses and not let them out to run and play in wide open spaces. I know a lot of pet owners are really diligent about walking their dogs and playing with them and so on, so don’t take it as a personal attack, I assume you are a great pet owner, but is keeping a dog on a leash or in an enclosed space 24/7 really more ethical than eating a free-range chicken?
And let’s not get into the crazies that think that eating unfertilized eggs and honey is wrong. If you don’t eat honey because you think bees are mistreated in captivity, you’re whackadoodle.
But you know, live and let live, you want to spend money on your pet, go for it, if you want to not eat meat, by all means. I can even live with you telling me that I’m a horrible person because I like hamburgers. Because I know I get to eat hamburgers and have honey on my toast.
But then we get into thornier issues that I really struggle with and that’s the idea that animals are better than humans. I really take issue with people who think that there shouldn’t be animal testing/research and people who spend their money on animal issues while ignoring human issues aka PETA.
Animal testing saves human lives, and I’d much rather have something tested first on an animal than first on a person. This seems obvious to me. But then, allowing embryonic stem cell research also seems obvious to me. But really, how is it more OK to try something out on a person than on a rabbit? How can someone see these things as morally equivalent? And, even so, it’s got to be tested, if humans and rabbits are morally equivalent, why not the rabbit?
And then there’s PETA, which I have an infinite number of problems with, particularly their retarded (it’s satire!) ad campaigns. How can you spend money that goes to that crap, when there are so many humans in the world, in this country even, whose lives are much, much worse than most animals’ lives. I mean, even if you think humans aren’t better than animals, don’t you think they’re at least as good? Don’t they deserve food, shelter, not to be sold into sexual slavery? Is it better to lock a human up for the rest of his life in a prison than to lock an animal up in a zoo? Shouldn’t you worry about saving animals of your own species?
Is it really so ridiculous to make value judgements about which animals it’s less ethical to “mistreat”? Because when you spend your money at PETA you’re saying “I’d rather save animals than humans. A cow, a dog, a fish, a bee, these things are better than humans.” And hey, we’ve all got to pick and choose our causes, can’t care about everything, and I think I’m OK with caring more about humans.
So, I’ve probably made some new enemies, sorry animal people, I don’t understand you.