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Female Desire

Reader comment on item: Female Desire and Islamic Trauma

Submitted by Jill Neily (Canada), May 26, 2004 at 11:04

Dear Mr. Pipes,

This article was very revealing. Most of us have little understanding of the Muslim world other than what we read, hear or see in the news media. I was expecting some comment on female genital mutilation but there was no mention of this horrible practice. CBC radio has a late, late programme of items from broadcasters around the world. A few nights ago Radio Nederlands aired a piece on the subject and I couldn't get my radio turned off fast enough not to have to listen to some of the item and it was even more horrible than I thought. Many western countries have banned the practice, thank goodness.

Why on earth the feminists haven't gotten on this band wagon I can't imagine. It's even more horrendous than the ancient Chinese practice of foot binding which ended many years ago. At least the girls survived the ordeal. I understand that the practice is widespread even in Egypt with its fairly large Christian population. I think this is a cause which should be embraced by the non Muslim world. I hope you'll think of this as a challenge to someone with considerable influence like you!

Shalom. Jill Neily

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