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The Rape of Innocence: female genital mutilation and circumcision in the USA Paperback – May 25, 2010
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Patricia Robinett works as a clinical hypnotherapist, specializing in de-hypnosis from debilitating traumas and long-term trances so people can live happy, healthy, productive lives..
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Something I found very interesting is that the author was aware of her mother's gross incompetence as a parent in general, long before she discovered she had been the victim of a clitoridectomy. Doctors who commit the gruesome crime aren't necessarily sneaky monsters; they often merely collude with a cruel and insensitive mother.
However, the author writes in a casual style, too casual for my taste, with many claims unsupported by references, using the language of "the heart," to promote the outdated idea of repressed memories and what she calls "clinical hypnotherapy," peppered with quotes from the Bible.
She also seems unaware that the clitoris is now believed to encompass the erectile internal vestibule tubes, and hence traditional clitoridectomy only excises the tip of the iceberg. I think what is probably much more devastating to mental health and sexual function (and much more widespread in the West today) is the mental castration resulting from neural atrophy following lack of stimulation during development.
The book is successful in describing the author's personal tragedy, and valuable in calling attention to the problems of FGM, circumcision and the international scandal of unnecessary C-sections, and also offers a useful list of resources. The author deserves a lot of credit for writing this book, since most women aren't even able to talk about FGM. But surely this important topic deserves a more careful and exhaustive treatment.
- Frank Adamo, author of the online article: "Clitoral Erectile Dysfunction."
Nasty, nasty narrow-minded thinking inspired by religious beliefs in the wickedness of sex and the function of the genitals.
I now understand that my mother and her sisters were victims of forced genital cutting. It explains the promiscuity and alcoholism of one sister. It explains the borderline personality disorders of my mother and her oldest sister.
Patricia Robinett opposes forced genital cutting of ALL children, whether they are female, male, or intersex, as do I. Forced genital cutting of American girls became illegal in 1997. I hope that it will someday be illegal to violate the human right to genital autonomy all ALL children, everywhere.