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Making money off African women’s genitalia

April 10, 2010

The more I dig into this Clitoraid stuff the more i’m left scratching my head at Good Vibrations and just how much they did not do their homework!

This morning I found this article Basically stating that the surgery to reopen the vagina to ease medical problems has existed for many years, and is offered for free by the government of  Burkina Faso.   Further, as of the article’s publication date in 2001 the new reconstructive surgery being performed here now is the first to attempt to reverse circumcision and allow women to regain some sexual sensation.

So what is Good Vibrations talking about when they say “Clitoraid was the only nonprofit organization we could find that was specifically funded for this purpose”.  A few minutes on google and they would have the same information that I’ve found!

Again, I see their digging into supporting Clitoraid as a form of willful ignorance and arrogance where they would rather promote their business to customers with a ‘cool’ marketing ploy at the expense of African women and our dignity.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2010 5:13 PM

    Well said! Profit sometimes leads people to be blind to what is right. Thanks for stating the facts and publishing your opinion. Have you recieved a response from them since your latest email?

  2. April 10, 2010 5:27 PM

    Nope. No comment from them. I think they are waiting for me to get tired and for it all to go away. Which is a bad call on their part because momentum is only building.

    Oh, and they’ve refused to post any critique i’ve made on their web magazine. They’ve only posted one comment that agrees with their position. So much for democracy.
    Oh, and they took my critiques down off their facebook site.

    Oh well, Its all good to control your own media but for how long can they keep not listening to the growing dissent? What will it take?

  3. April 11, 2010 1:56 AM

    Well put and those profit moneylords should be dealt with. They don’t care about anything when it comes filling their pockets with few dollars.

  4. April 11, 2010 12:47 PM

    i am so grateful for your research & follow through. not to “objectify” the issue more, but i was thinking of discussing this campaign with my transnational feminism class next year. do you think that would be appropriate?

  5. April 13, 2010 7:28 AM

    I posted a general comment on the discussion on cliteradectomy work being done by feminists to ‘help’ African women. My sentiments are found in the book edited by Oyeronke Oyewumi in her book “African Women & Feminism” Reflecting on the Politics of sisterhood.
    I really am tired of people making money off of Africans. The challenge I pose to you as feminists concerned with WOMEN issues is to take on the western feminine cultural practices where a woman’s sense of beauty is found in the multimillion dollar industries of cutting up her face, adding lips to be thicker, going crazy with diets and excercise programs, cutting off fats from the stomach, boob jobs, butt jobs and even vaginal reconstruction. And for Black woemn, wanting their hair to be the standard of beauty (like their white counterparts) and so they wear weaves that are so expensive and needless to say unhealthy and put all manner of harsh chemicals just to get their natural hair to ‘behave’ like white women’s hair. Can you imagine the physiological, psychological and emotional stress upon a woman living under such conditons. And so why do you not take on the multinational cooperations who are feminizing poverty and harming African women in the rural areas and selling products in the guise of beauty to western consumers??

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    April 13, 2010 7:17 PM

    Well said, Namtasha! Sigh! As a South Asian woman living and working on feminist issues in the U.S and Canada, it is so disheartening and frustrating to see how closed off many white feminists are to questioning where and how they spend their energy in these kind of feel-good, saving-our-sisters-across-the-world projects. They just get offended and clueless when someone tries to explain this to them.

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