Visual media, the friendly monster
They say that the most terrible things do not require pictures to imagine. I believe this to be true, and also that our media tactics today rely too much on the visual. However, I am aware that we are all so visually intrigued today- this I believe to be another affectation of the masculine psyche in power. Still too I know that had I not been presented with the undesired visuals this morning over my soothing warm coffee and virtually had my day shattered, then I would not be writing this post now. So, the authors, writers, journalists, bloggers- whatever you’ll call them (us)- they’ve done their job. Awareness has been raised, with this one person at least, and then so also with others- ripe awareness.
I was set to enjoy my reading on this delightful Saturday morning- coffee out, along with all my usual morning writing comforts, and referring to my usual internet media readers when I realized that the topic for today chosen by many was to be that of female genital mutilation (FGM). I’ve been aware of this- what I consider to be an horrendous- practice nearly my entire life, as someone born of the early 1970s era and in tune to the world politics of the time. My first and steady opinion of FGM has been a negative one, strongly ANTI-FGM. For this, many thanks are due to television news media, as seldom anyone in my family really spoke of politics that I recall.
I cannot deny that this is still a beautiful Saturday morning, and I cannot take personally the offense to the media bash this morning upon my conscience as I viewed my reader feeds. I will never play those videos, because truly as a woman I do not need to. But I saw the images. Didn’t need to, but I did, and my day is changed. Maybe there are men and women who truly do not understand and can be helped by seeing the practice, and swayed into a different mindset. Certainly, the more compassionate among men could be video-shocked into the certainty of a wrong practice being done with female genital mutilations, where before they likely may have never thought of it, their educations in life being of such an opposing slant to the educations of women.
Just one point: I’ll bet MANY never realized (until they saw images) that female genitalia mutilation victims were of such an advanced age when they are traumatized by the practice, nor that community males were the ones doing the dastardly deed, nor that their own mother’s held them down. (Even I had envisioned a party of men trekking to each girl’s house, acting over the mother’s screams of anguish- but NO).
Dear reader, thanks for reading. I had to just get this off onto some kind of media so I wouldn’t carry it around the back of my mind all day long. The writers have done their jobs, the people now act. That’s the way it goes. Make change people.
Many thanks to:
Curation. The Counter Jihad Report. AMJA Senior Committee Member, Female Genital Mutilation is an ‘Honor’ per Islam. 27 Apr 2012. http://counterjihadreport.com. (28 Apr 2012)
Holton, Christopher. Family Security Matters. Misinformation from US Dept of Health about Islam and Female Genital Mutilation. 16 Apr 2012. http://www.familysecuritymatters.org. (28 Apr 2012)
Posts of note:
Questions to consider:
Should one feel any differently about this cultural religious practice if it were done in the female’s infancy? Why or why not?
How about if any othe aspects of the practice were changed and regulated?