No free lunch: African women are still not for sale
After an intense mobilization and many sexual health experts questioning their decision to support the Raelian UFO cult instead of African women’s own initiatives against Female Circumcision our online petition now has 201 signatures and our Facebook page has 223 members.
We have made it clear that this campaign challenging Clitoraid an their support by Good Vibrations is not to support the practice of Female Circumcision. It calls for respect for African women when addressing this important issue. We KNOW that it is possible to address the negative effects of female circumcision without denigrating African women with gimmicks such as clitoris adoptions. Indeed African women who have undergone circumcision also deserve integrity and respect!
In response to my ongoing critique, Jackie Strano, Chief Operating Officer of Good Vibrations has just written to offer me a free lunch.
I said not yet. My email back to Good Vibrations explains why:
Thanks for the offer but I don’t think lunch is yet appropriate.
I’d rather sort out our differences first THEN meet over lunch to celebrate when we both are on the same page about the dignity of ALL women including African women.
I think you have not understood yet that my protest at your publicly stated support of Clitoraid is not just about me as an individual. And stalling for time just allows more time for people, your former and potential customers, to find out about your more than unfortunate choice in partners when it comes to supporting undermining your African sisters.
Instead of trying to placate me as an individual wouldn’t it just be so much easier to go ahead and issue a fresh new press statement retracting your March 24 press statement that celebrated your support for Clitoraid. Within your new press statement you can even announce corporate support for an African women’s initiative on the issue of FGM (which I, or any of the numerous African feminists now watching for your next move, are more than happy to help you decide from).
A public retraction of your previous statement begins to undo some of the ill will that you have been gathering, especially among women of color, plus GV gets to look good by supporting African women’s self-empowerment campaigns…
Once you’ve done those two things then I’d be happy to break bread with you. Heck, I’ll be happy to host an African lunch for you at my home! Consider that the offer I bring to the table :)
Until then, there have been too many inconsistencies in your statements for me to trust you enough to have, and enjoy, your free lunch.