Here’s a slideshow about “female circumcision“, courtesy of the New York Times.
Please excuse me for posting twice today, but this one is short and not for the faint of heart. To be honest, I skimmed over the pages in Infidel about Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s genital mutilation and I am afraid to watch this slide show.
UPDATE: I wanted to add this note after reading the first few comments. It’s really disgusting. Ali’s grandmother did this to her when she was about 6 years old and her parents were out of town. She performed the surgery in the kitchen with no sanitation or any special medical equipment. Ali had to spend five days lying still with her legs tied together so there would be no tears in the scar tissue that formed. Some girls, Ali says, have their genitals totally demolished so when the area heals, there is just a smooth wall of scar tissue. In all cases, just a small hole remains open for urine to come out. The girls at school made fun of a classmate who had not been mutiliated, and they could tell because when she peed, she had a large stream of urine “like a man.” All this I gleaned from the parts I did read. I can’t even imagine the parts I skipped over with my hand covering my eyes.