Saturday, 2 April 2011
Female Genital Cutting: Overall Perspectives / Points to Consider
I recently completed an essay regarding female genital cutting, which is the process of the removal of some or all parts of the female genitalia, of which there exist four different types of categories ranging from Type 1 to Type 4 as categorized in relation to the extent/amount of cutting that is done.
1. Clitoridectomy: partial or total removal of the clitoris (a small, sensitive and erectile part of the female genitals) and, in very rare cases, only the prepuce (the fold of skin surrounding the clitoris).
2. Excision: partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora (the labia are "the lips" that surround the vagina).
3. Infibulation: narrowing of the vaginal opening through the creation of a covering seal. The seal is formed by cutting and repositioning the inner, or outer, labia, with or without removal of the clitoris.
4. Other: all other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, e.g. pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterizing the genital area.”
We had to look at female genital cutting within the socio-cultural context and its impact on woman’s reproductive behaviour and health, as well as expanding on the reasons why the practise still continue, despite movements to abolish them. And, within that - simultaneously looking-at and getting an idea of the solutions underway to educate and inform the masses who still practise female genital cutting about/of the implications of the practise on the physical, immediate and long-term etc. in attempts to change the traditional cultural ways of life, into methods that still embellish tradition-itself, uphold the culture – yet change/alter the way it’s being done from cutting, to – for example simply practising celebrations that symbolise what the cutting symbolised – so, changing the action, yet maintaining the symbolic-meaning. So – there are various approaches in the world to changing the action of FGC – together with policies, organisations and female leadership-roles speaking-up/speaking-out.
In investigating this particular point within the context of culture – one get an idea of the extent of the problem we face within the world, regarding the extent to which we’ve accepted and allowed ourselves to endow ourselves with identity and what we’ve externally defined equal-to and one-with idealizing-ourselves through material-possessions, traditions etc. related to one’s life, future, security and safety – all which relates directly to money, as status/position within one’s community, society and/or culture.
And all this is so ingrained, to the extent where – physical-mutilation is accepted and allowed, so as to secure and ensure children/girls’ future with regards to marriage, to preserve their virginity for their future in marriage, to ensure they don’t get pregnant before marriage (to name but a few) – all of which is done to secure their daughter’s/children’s future in relation to their socio-cultural contexts/reasons for continuing the practise.
When breaking it all down to the core/actuality of what marriage, future, security, social status and respect comes down to – is: Sex and Money, in and as all its different forms and manifestations it currently consist of and exist as within this world. And how we’ve defined ourselves, who we are, our lives and that which we pass on – to/towards Money and all and everything that money represents.
Even within culture and tradition – it’s sex and money, just in different forms/manifestations - though representing the same thing, as beautifying sex and money into and as concepts such as marriage, security, future, status, respect and love.
In having a look at the deliberate physical-compromise these girls undergo to secure their future and position in the world – it’s no different to the extent every single person in this world deliberately self-compromise to secure their future and position in the world. It just varies in relation to culture and traditions within and of particular cultures.
So, in terms of changing this world – we’ve got quite a road ahead of us, yet – it starts with ourselves, each one taking the one first step and continuing walking step by step, breath by breath.
Because – as you can see, the extent to which we exist through the Mind and how we’ve defined ourselves in the Mind through – just looking at culture and the extent to which we’ll internally and/or externally compromise for our definitions, beliefs and ideals and how what is real, as the physical suffer as we drive ourselves through the mind in energy to fulfil our wants, needs and desires within fear and survival; it’s extensive.
So – we’ve got to have a look at this world through the eyes of self, and consider the extent to which we mutilate the physical, internally - for the Mind to strive, as the Mind feed off-of the physical to ensure its existence as we accept and allow ourselves to continue existing, living and participating in and as Mind and how we’ve defined our ‘unique’ Mind within the context of ‘who we are’ and everything and all else that determines this ‘I’.
And, so – we’re all equally responsible for and of physical-mutilation as we accept and allow it even within and as ourselves by our very acceptance and allowance of/as the Mind. And so –to change this reality, we’ve got to start with ourselves as individuals – in stopping the Mind, the System, the Separation and assist and support ourselves to get back into the Physical, the real reality that is right here in and as Breath and simultaneously walk a solution for Humanity as self that stand within a Equal Money System. Establishing equality and oneness within and without, equal and one – together. This is the answer to a new, changed human being and humanity.
We’ve got a long road ahead of us, so – let’s get moving and get this done, one step, one breath, one being at a time...
Gruenbaum, E. 2005. Female genital cutting: culture and controversy, in Gender in cross-cultural perspective, edited by CB Brettell & CF Sargent. 4th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, in Anthropological Theory In Practise: a reader, compiled by S Herselman and JMF Wouters. Pretoria: University of South Africa
Female genital mutilation. World Health Organization. 2011. From: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/ (accessed 02 March 2011)
Saturday, 26 February 2011
Perspective on “Natural Pre-Destination”
As I’ve indicated within the Blog-heading – I’m currently in the process of studying Psychology, 2nd Year; and within this Blog I will be sharing moments of perspective to take into consideration in relation to current-existent manifestations of self and reality as it exist within the Psychological context of society and human beings.
At the Moment I’m currently preparing for an Assignment for the Module “Child and Adolescent Development”, with having to read-through the Prescribed Book:
Papalia, Olds, Feldman. 2008. A Child’s World – Infancy through Adolescence. 11th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill
I found an interesting point within the Book that Papalia, Olds and Feldman (2008:8) referenced, who is listed to be one of the leading figures within studies of a child’s world that is the French Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 – 1778), who: “Believed that development occurs naturally in a series of predestined, internally regulated stages. Viewed children as “noble savages” who are born good and become warped only by repressive environments.”
So, let’s have a look at some points that opened up:
Fascinating how the word “natural” is connected interdependently with the word “predestined”, tacitly implying that predestination is natural – when, in fact; the manifested-design of/as predestination is pre-programming and thus stand within the context of the ‘natural pre-programmed evolution’ of and as the Mind Consciousness System.
And so how we have accepted and allowed ourselves to define the existent physical-manifestation of/as “Natural”, wherein we furthermore within that have accepted and allowed ourselves to abdicate self-responsibility through proclaiming absolute powerlessness in the hands of predestination/pre-programming; making the absolute statement of the living-acceptance that we have become:
An self-believed manifested-‘helpless excuse’, using/abusing predestination/fate as a excuse to not stop, stand-up and change as we’ve in essence given ourselves up to our own programming, and within that created internal time-cycles within which we loop so that we continue remaining stuck in the past, creating the future in the present from within the past and just regurgitating the same experiences over and over and over again; passing this onto the children and so one of the main origin/source points for/of the continued never-changing, but constant-worsening of the current-child and era of children emerging into and as this world.
Then, furthermore having a look at the words “repressive environments” – Re-Press; as we constantly, continually fall into the exact same patterns, behaviours and habits of Mind-Designs/Manifestations – Parents teaching their Children through and as living-participation the art of duplication/copying; and so all we do is exist within the same Story – living the same News, being Re-Pressed through and as the Children that become the Knews, the New Know’s, the Newly-Manifested passed-on Knowledge, that Program themselves through Past-Knowledge transferred onto them through their Parents. And so humanity exist/live-through the same-Story of Re-Pressed Knowledge and Information – over, and over and over again – never changing, but constantly-compounding the same manifestations over and over and over again ad nauseam.
Children not birthed as individuals, but Beings that exist as Inner-Divisions of variations of Personalities in constant Duals with each-other as the Mind consciousness System function through and as Polarity and so Children become the manifested actual-nature of Individuals (inner divisions in duals).
And so the inner-wars/conflicts are passed-on and becoming more prevalent and prominent as the true nature of man is coming-forth in world of war and conflict as the always-existent true nature of man that has always been suppressed, or attempted to be suppressed - as we now step into the stage of facing the demons we’ve always feared within-ourselves, as ourselves and of ourselves.
The word “warped” – also having a look at it within the context of self in relation to how we’ve accepted and allowed ourselves to “warp” as in “misconstrue” – missing the true con, that is and always has been ourselves as we’ve missed the alignment (misaligned) of and as ourselves in and as and with reality, through and as accepting and allowing ourselves to exist within separation, instead of equality and oneness, here with and as all that exist.
And so, manifested and created a warped, misconstrued and misaligned self and reality as existence; that now has to – to stop what we’ve done and become, assist and support self to align self with and as here in and as the physical within the starting-point of and as equality and oneness.
So, let us assist/support ourselves to stop using/abusing our own self-created pre-programming as a excuse, manifested as powerless and helplessness – stop accepting and allowing ourselves to give ourselves up into and as the system of/as Mind and assist / support ourselves to assert ourselves within and as actual-living here, in and as the Physical and stop feeding the energy of addiction of giving up and giving in; but stand-up and live.
And so – not repeat the past, recreate the past and manifest the past – passing it onto generations of and as ourselves; but utilize the windows of opportunities as experiences we face in and as our world/reality to stop, stand up and change who we are in living a principle that’s best for all, equal and one – and so, change ourselves, change our world and change the world.