A Violent Kind of Silence

Remember the feminists of the '60s?  Women's liberation?  Remember the women who made feminism the issue of the day?  They demanded roles in government, careers, independence, and the right of women to control their reproductive lives.  They marched and formed NOW, which describes violence against women as one of their core issues. The book that started the second wave of feminism was The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan, the doyenne of feminism, who described the bored housewife in the suburbs as the "problem that has no name." On the other side of the world, we can see many problems for women in Muslim societies.  But contrary to Friedan, these problems "have names": honor-killing, stoning for adultery, rape, child marriage, sex slavery, and female genital mutilation (FGM).  FGC/FGM (pictured at right) refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for...(Read Full Article)

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