Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Faux Feminism

I am not a fan of Donald Trump. But on Sunday on CNN, one of Trump's aides brought up the subject of female genital mutilation. Stephen Miller quoted statistics that half a million girls in the US are now at risk of FGM because of the immigration policies of the current government. He was scoffed by the other members of the panel, in particular the two women present. They should know better, they should check the facts before they scoff at what he said.


In fact, Newsweek covered the issue earlier this month, reporting, “The number of women and girls at risk for female genital mutilation (FGM) in the United States has more than doubled in the past 10 years, according to new figures released on Friday.”
More than half a million women and girls in the U.S. are at risk of undergoing FGM in the U.S. or abroad, or have already undergone the procedure, including 166,173 under the age of 18, according to the Population Reference Bureau(PRB).  http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/03/29/womens-rights-activists-female-genital-mutilation-is-taking-place-on-u-s-soil/

It is true that new immigrants will bring with them their beliefs and one of those is that young girls should be circumcised in order to maintain their purity until marriage. It is a barbaric practise but some medical facilities are caving in and performing these so-called "nicks" to young girls.

One person who has worked hard to expose this practise is Ayaan Hirsi Ali, herself a victim of FGM by her grandmother at the young age of 4 or 5.

Stephen Miller, Trump's aide, is absolutely correct. This is an issue that we should be talking about, rather than discussing ad nauseum the silly tweets about candidates' wives and who said what about how some woman looked. Endless discussion of these topics keeps people from hearing about the things that really matter, such as the murder of Kate Steinle in California last summer by an illegal immigrant. If that immigrant had not been allowed to reside in a sanctuary city and live unrestrained by the law, Kate Steinle would still be alive.

It is particularly frustrating when women harp on about women's issues and feminism but they refuse to talk about issues such as FGM and illegal immigrants killing innocent women. They reserve their outrage for superficial things like someone's comments or tweets or re-tweets. If they were real feminists, they would talk about the things that really hurt women, actual things instead of words flipped out thoughtlessly in stupid conversations.

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