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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:

Muslim brotherhood MP lobbies for FGM

Saudi Savages?

100,000 Women undergo genital mutilation in Britain and some are 10 year-olds.

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?

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More feminist fodder: another group of women being “reprimanded”

So what is this the nuns have gotten themselves up to?

A whole group of adult women are being reprimanded by- essentially- a group of men.  (This is not to suggest that they are not equally reprimanded by a certain citizen population of men and women).  The religious context distorts things drastically.

Do you suppose that it’s about time these ladies be reprimanded?  Seriously, 4 out of 5 of these faithful women are in agreements regarding issues of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.  They have apparently been having meetings regarding issues that are at odds with the Vatican and have been under investigation since 2008 (group founded 1956).

Is it a good thing that the Vatican is finally putting their foot down?

“…the reforms will take place over a five-year period, and will involve the approval by the archbishop of every speaker the Leadership Conference has at their public events.”

There are likely to be differing opinions regarding this report, but one thing is certain- stories like these highlight the importance of doing our homework and doing our best to understand all elements of a situation.  It is so important to know history to the best of our ability, and to be able to develop a true sense of right and wrong.

Ref:

Ohlheiser, Abby. “Vatican Reprimands US Nuns for Radical Feminist Themes.” The Slatest  04-2012. Slate. 04-2012.

“About LCWR.“ Leadership Conference of Women Religious  04-2012.

Karen Santorum- separation of …..married ideologies?

Proof positive that it’s hard if not impossible to expect that people will be able to separate your personal ideologies from the actions you’re expected take at a later place in time. 

Can anyone believe that Rick Santorum would “do nothing about birth control” if elected president?  I couldn’t be so certain, but Santorum’s wife, Karen, seemed very certain of it during her interview on Piers Morgan Tonight.  It sounded a little like a guarantee, but nothing was ever signed on-camera.

Piers Morgan’s Karen Santorum Interview, via CNN via Huffington Post.  (clip)

Separation of personal religious belief from political action in office- that’d be surprising, coming from such a far right ideology that is associated not with separation but with integration of personal convictions and political processes- like secularism vs. a church state.

So is this what we can expect?  How do we know?  In the realm of the real world, jobs have been lost for such ideological disclosures from employees.  Although there was a place in time very recently that  considered it an invaluable ethic to be able to separate a personal and inherently selfish belief system from a government of the people, that trait appears to be lost to time.

Discounting Santorum’s own political motivations, what about any new bill proposals- similar to the Blunt Amendment- should he be in office?  Can he be relied upon to stand with his wife’s pronouncement of his intention to leave the issue of birth control alone?  Was this even a genuine assurance? What do you think?  How should we interpret the information at hand?

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