The Cruellest Cut

10 year old girl taken to a barber shop in Egypt for female genital mutilation. Photo CNN

Some years ago I wrote a short story titled ‘The Cruellest Cut’ in response to learning about the despicable practise of female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision. In the news today is a report how two young girls, aged around 6, have suffered this outrage here in Sydney. As the report says, this is not about religion, rather it is a cultural thing. The cultures where it is prevalent are misogynistic, medieval and have no place in modern-day Australian society. Period. I would have thought it was the purview of the low IQ, low socio-economic elements of various African and Middle Eastern societies but I am wrong. Even educated, upscale members of these communities support this mutilation.

Not here! Not in this country! You are not welcome in our society, we have no place for such ridiculous practices or those who seek such abuse. How can they say they love their children if they are so adamant that removing the clitoris of a pre-pubescent girl is for her own good? What other bizarre ideas and practices do they support? I’m sorry but this is one cultural anomaly I can never respect nor condone to occur in our country. I would never presume to travel to their country and try and change such a practise despite my objection to it. I believe people have the right to behave as they wish within their own orders and I object to anyone coming to my country and imposing their beliefs and laws on us which is fair, surely? So take your evil ways and bugger off, mate! If that is your ‘thing’, go back to where you came from and stay there.

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