FGM Is Not the Only Barbarity Women Face

Rosamund Urwin, London Evening Standard, October 3, 2013

The image won’t leave my mind. Beautiful, smiling young women—aged about 18—with butchered breasts: scarred, sagging, singed. These women, from the Cameroon, had suffered breast-ironing: at the onset of puberty, their chests were repeatedly pounded by a scorchingly hot pestle, stone or spatula to try to stop buds developing.

I saw that picture last Friday at a conference in Northolt. It was led by Margaret Nyuydzewira, who runs CAME Women’s and Girl’s Development Organisation. She is adamant that breast-ironing is not just an African issue, that it is happening here too, in the diaspora community. The police consider it a form of child abuse, and reportedly arrested a woman in London two years ago for performing it on her daughter. There are no estimates of victim numbers here, but the UN believes that 3.8 million teenagers have endured it worldwide.

Breast-ironing is the equally ugly cousin of female genital mutilation. It too gets passed down from one generation to the next, an abhorrent heirloom, an ancestral necklace made of scars. Both are encouraged and even carried out by female family members—mothers, grandmothers, aunts. Both have their roots in culture and tradition, not religion. And both are considered to be in the best interests of the girl.

For breast-ironing is intended to deter male attention, to reduce the risk of rape, sexual harassment and teen pregnancy. To “protect” her, a mother takes ownership of her daughter’s body. And that body is viewed as a traitor to the girl, sending off signals to men that she is now “fair game”. So it is a barbaric manifestation of an attitude that spans many cultures, one that asks of a victim of sexual assault: “Why were you wearing such a short skirt?”, or “Why were you walking there on your own at night?”

Nyuydzewira quoted one mother: “If you have a son, you only need to worry about one penis. If you have a daughter, you have to worry about every penis in the world.” But this view insults men too: they are not Pavlov’s dogs, salivating at the sight of female flesh.

Breast-ironing takes a heavy toll on women. There are the physical problems (abscesses, infection, difficulties breast-feeding), the psychological (trauma) and the social (building relationships, not wanting to undress). And it remains a hidden crime, protected by a cloak of filial loyalty. It has been shrugged off too as a cultural practice.

But customs can be challenged. The horrors of FGM, once largely stomached out of a desire to be “culturally sensitive”, are finally being openly discussed. Breast-ironing is another crime against women—and it should no longer be forgotten.

Spare us butt-kicking beauties

Natalie Portman, interviewed in the latest edition of Elle, has criticised celluloid’s attempt to address sexism. “The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a ‘feminist’ story, the woman kicks ass and wins,” says Portman. “That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathise with.”

She’s right that the feminist fight isn’t much helped by “butt-kicking beauty” joining the list of female stereotypes. But despite a surfeit of superhero films recently (Batman! Superman! Batman and Superman together!), there haven’t been enough women in Lycra leading the charge against villains. What’s more, we don’t have to empathise with a character for a film to be feminist—we just need the screen female to be as complex as the male.

Our law of the pavement needs refining

For a nation so obsessed with etiquette that we’re never more than five days away from a new Debrett’s guide being published, one area has been oddly neglected: pavement protocol. Currently, chaos reigns. Whenever you need to be somewhere swiftly, you get stuck on a narrow  path behind a threesome sauntering side-by-side, while when you find yourself walking towards someone you end up trying to dodge each other by moving in the same direction, thus engaging in an unwanted game of pavement chicken.

An American friend tells me that New Yorkers do it differently. Apparently, there is an unofficial rule that—like a car—you overtake on the left, something we could easily borrow and reverse for our right-hand drive island.

There’s also a (possibly apocryphal) story that could inspire us to speed up the pavement pace. One man—tired of lingering behind meanderers—is said to have demarcated a fast lane with chalk. He marked the slow side “tourists”, the swift side “people with shit to do”.

Sheer pain of buying a flat

After a month of hoping to move into a flat that still isn’t quite mine, I have finally started to understand the British obsession with house prices. Buying a property is such a miserable, spirit-sapping affair that the only possible comfort can be when you take the keys and calculate that you are £2 richer with every passing hour. Well, except that the bank owns 90 per cent of your asset, and you’re bogged down in debt.

If I ever get in, I don’t think I’ll be able to face moving ever again. I’ll probably only leave when I’m swapping my tiny one-bedder for an even tinier one-bedder in the ground.

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  • David Ashton

    Doesn’t the transformation of a monocultural nation into a multicultural “society” by multicultural immigration result in multiple cultures within it? Who is to judge which is accpetable or unacceptable? Are not such judgements xenophobic or racist or both?

    Or just problematic “liberal nationalism” which diminishes “the possibilities of autonomy for minorities” and a “price” that “we” should therefore not be “willing to pay”? – Mikael Hjerm (Swedish sociologist) in “Ethnic and Migration Studies” (January 2004).

  • They flatten breasts to decrease attractiveness?
    But then wear “lip plates” to increase attractiveness?

    Whole lot of common sense going on.

    • It’s a black thing…

    • Spartacus


      • So CAL Snowman

        Isn’t that Kardashian’s new boyfriend?

        • Katherine McChesney

          How on earth does ‘it’ eat?

          • Spartacus

            Probably through the nostril, with a straw .

        • Whitetrashgang

          That’s kardashian without makeup.

      • If I looked like that, I certainly wouldn’t allow anyone to photograph me. I think a paper bag with eye holes cut in it is in order here.

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      Average IQ of sub-Sahara Africa : 67. That says it all.

      • FransSusan

        It must not be much higher here!

  • Typical hip hop voodoo- don’t even look at it.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Remember, this is the race that has more culture, worth and has given the world more than any other….

    Not to forget that Whites have stolen their ideas from the beginning of time and capitalized on them without compensation.

    No doubt, these sick, disgusting and evil behaviors abusing girls and women are the fault of Whites…they were driven to do this because we have taken everything, including their self-worth.

    Not much different here–they are violent, dangerous, evil and blame others…

    • JackKrak

      Equally credible excuses for failure –

      Student to teacher – “The dog ate my homework!”

      Blacks to the world – “They stole our knowledge!”

      Actually, wait a second. I think that it’s possible that maybe dogs do eat homework sometimes so no, they’re not equal at all. Just like blacks.

  • Whitetrashgang

    Well most black males cant control themselves, then again at this point here they come.

  • Spartacus

    “For breast-ironing is intended to deter male attention, to reduce the
    risk of rape, sexual harassment and teen pregnancy. To “protect” her, a
    mother takes ownership of her daughter’s body. And that body is viewed
    as a traitor to the girl, sending off signals to men that she is now
    “fair game”. So it is a barbaric manifestation of an attitude that spans
    many cultures, one that asks of a victim of sexual assault: “Why were
    you wearing such a short skirt?”, or “Why were you walking there on your
    own at night?”


    Yeah, mutilation is the same thing as walking at night through a bad(non-White) neighborhood…

  • bigone4u

    The barbarism and stupidity of the African knows no bounds. And Obama/Holder/Jarrett (whoever the real POTUS is) wants millions and millions more of them in the US. Not if I have anything to say about it.

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      If I were to give an “evolutionary name” to sub-Sahara Africa, I would call that part of the world RETARDIA.

  • HJ11

    Who cares? They’re not my kind. Let them do what they want to their own people. It’s their business and not the business of Whites unless what they do impacts us.

    I try to practice total non-interference in the lives of primitive peoples. We Whites have our destiny and they have theirs. Let nature work it out.

    • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

      Perhaps. But I would add that while they can do as they please to their own, they should be forced to do so far away from me and mine. About an ocean’s width sounds good.

  • odious liberal


  • GeneticsareDestiny

    “But this view insults men too: they are not Pavlov’s dogs, salivating at the sight of female flesh.”

    Black men are. And because of a combination of low IQ and being surrounded by black men, black women feel they have to mutilate their daughters to protect them from being raped in the streets. I doubt it really works though.

  • Nathanwartooth

    Yeah none of this really makes any sense.

    I’ve discovered on many occasions that it is very difficult, if not impossible to get inside the mind of a low IQ person. It’s like they are living on another planet. There is no logic to their actions.

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      You need a certain minimum IQ to be able to think consistently. Obviously an average IQ of 67 in not that minimum.

    • Brian

      I once saw a Zulushia hand over $200 to the counterman for lotto tickets, saying her refrigerator was broken and she needed lotto winnings for a new one.

      • Lotteries are a tax on people unable to grasp simple probability and statistics. They’re also a tax on people who have never heard of second hand appliances.

        • Lagerstrom

          A tax on people that can’t do math.

        • Or repairmen. A conked-out fridge is usually the result of a bad compressor.

  • leftists are delusional

    Considering the number of rapes on geriatric women we see in this country, I doubt mutilating their teenage bodies will slow down the typical black rapist.

  • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

    ” But this view insults men too: they are not Pavlov’s dogs, salivating at the sight of female flesh. ”

    Obviously written by someone with limited experience among blacks.

  • Lagerstrom

    I simply do not care what happens in shitty third world countries.

  • I think they ought to up their game a bit. Female genital and breast mutilation are so last week. Perhaps blinding and cutting out tongues, together with cosmetic limb amputations would better allow them to express their appreciation of human dignity and respect for women. Then they could focus on more important matters, like exterminating the last of Africa’s endangered species and burying land mines in unmarked locations.

  • Le Fox

    Non-white males are known for their tendency for rape. It’s an animal thing. Only a civilized man realizes that women are more than appearance.

    Feminists are hand-in-hand buddies with the diversity cultists. They don’t care for women. They just want whites to give over everything and flood their homelands with these scumbags.

    • This is because the Feminazis hate white men more than they value their own safety. They believe they’re sticking it to “white male paternalists” by letting black and brown rapists into the developed West, even though it isn’t us who get raped.

  • Paleoconn

    We should send our feminists to these countries.

  • WR_the_realist

    I have bad news for you all. It is near certain that any girl subject to this barbaric act will qualify as a refugee. She will not go to some neighboring African country that doesn’t have this practice, she will come to Europe or America. Guaranteed.

    • Rhialto

      That’s the Feminist rule, however or wherever or by whom, women are injured, White men are to blame and White men must make restitution.

  • M&S

    Clitorectomy is done to remove sensitivity in the area so that young women will not become sexually obsessed and thus be more likely to save themselves for marriage. It is often accompanied by sewing shut of the labia as ‘proof of freshness’. In this, the emphasis given to the necessity of the man to support and promulgate the species is ironic because sex itself usually becomes so painful for women that I cannot imagine a man in the world wanting to be loyal to someone who cringed at the very thought of the act.
    One thing you can say is that, mutilative disfigurement or no, Africa has no shortage of mothers. Having just crossed a billion less than three years ago, they will be at 2.5 billion in 2060 and 4.3 billion in 2100. Marking roughly a third of the planet with less than 70 IQs.
    Where African blacks cut Norplant out of the arms of their women and instruction in the use of such things as IUDs is strictly forbidden by the Catholic church which is often the only savage wilderness presence teaching the basics of hygiene in many parts of Africa, this is a problem.
    Ironically, Western Women defile themselves with rings and studs down there to increase the stimulative sensation, not just during sex, but when simply walking or riding in a vehicle. And nobody doubts why they do it because our decency laws makes it sure and certain that this is _not_ ‘jewelry’ meant to enhance aesthetic appeal (I hate it when they clank…)..
    Yet amongst the liberated, white, West, we have a TFR of 1.83 in the U.S., 1.6 in Europe and 1.25 in Scandinavia, home to the prettiest of all white women as the most beautiful of all women, everywhere. By 2100, at four percent of the global population, we will number only 585 million and be within a single generation of vanishing altogether.
    Do the Africans know something about species essential replacement breeding rates and female recalcitrant reproductive behavior which we do not?
    Something is certainly screwed up.

  • That never bothered me. Reduced sensitivity means more “staying power”, don’t you know.

  • evilsandmich

    Someone has to convince these characters that tube tying is ‘in’ as far female mutilation goes.