Between My Legs

23 Mar

I’ve been away for two weeks, touring Holland and Belgium. I was going to blog about that, but as sometimes happens when I leave England and work from dawn ’til dusk every day, I’ve missed something huge in the news and this time, it’s very serious.

As of April 1st, women in the UK who have genital piercings will be classed as victims of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

FGM is torture. Girls as young as nine have part or all of their genitalia removed- often without anaesthetic or sterilised blades. This includes the clitoris, labia and part of the urethra (wee tube).
It is a cultural practise centred around keeping girls ‘pure’ and it is not only excruciatingly painful but can lead to severe and fatal problems later. This includes:
– Difficulty and pain urinating- scar tissue can block the urethra and lead to infection.
– Fertility problems- menstrual blood cannot escape the body and is left inside to rot.
– Multiple kinds of infection from open wounds and old blood
– Death from blood loss
… Not to mention mental scarring.

This is, of course, done without consent from the girls and women undergoing the procedure. Here it is: for those as squeamish as me, I’ve posted one of the least horrifying pictures I found.
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In the UK, there are many kinds of genital piercings and adornments available for women. I asked friends why they have genital piercings and received a range of responses, but mostly these:
– I like the look
– I had it done on a whim and never took it out
– It enhances sexual pleasure

(Image found on the internet. No, it isn’t me.)
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Though there are women who are pressured into getting piercings, this has nothing to do with FGM and it is insulting to women who have survived FGM to suggest such a connection.
It is currently unclear whether or not female genital piercing will be made illegal, but certainly on medical records, a pierced woman will be placed in the same category as a ‘cut’ woman. How dismissive and trivialising for the survivor of such a despicable practise.
In a society still uncomfortable with discussing womens body parts, this new law can do yet more damage- trivialising FGM and confusing some as to what it consists of. I can imagine a few dim bulbs under the impression that women are brought to a remote village, given a clitoral piercing and sent home again! The true horror is masked by the non-issue of consensual piercing.

As I am writing, it is also unclear whether genital surgery (e.g. labiaplasty) will be included under the FGM umbrella or not. There are many unanswered questions but one thing is clear: This will not affect men. Men can still get any part of their body pierced without being labelled a torture victim.
Remember last year’s new porn laws, which banned women (but not men) from being filmed facesitting (among other things) despite their written consent?

The issue with both of these laws is that our consent is ignored.
Sex without consent is rape.
Surgery without consent is mutilation.
Either of these things with consent is none of your fucking business.

Pierced or not, please sign this petition to support the right of women to adorn our bodies as we wish, and to acknowledge the fact that FGM is a separate issue- pretending otherwise insults everyone.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/75889

22 Responses to “Between My Legs”

  1. christhegoth March 23, 2015 at 10:57 pm #

    Conservative Govts *rolls eyes*.

    No doubt some silly old white christian has decided to try to save the world again.

    • christhegoth March 24, 2015 at 7:56 am #

      Have just written to my contacts. Having slept on it this really does not add up, unless…:

      http://ctgsnewsfeed.livejournal.com/324193.html

      Have a read; you’ll see what I mean.

      • christhegoth March 24, 2015 at 11:08 am #

        Ok, I’ve been told that Steve Reed MP is gonna take this up politically. They’ll seek a clarification on what is meant by NHS England, and then go from there.

        Steve is openly gay and my age. He remembers the bad old days of Section 28 too.

        • roswellivory March 26, 2015 at 6:31 pm #

          Thanks so much!! I’ll see who my local MP is and what they can do

      • roswellivory March 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

        Thankyou. It’s interesting- either way, it has to be stopped

  2. projectshadowlondon March 23, 2015 at 11:04 pm #

    Signed. I have no clue whoever thought this was a good idea.

    • roswellivory March 26, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

      Thankyou. And neither do I- it takes a lot to shock me these days but this succeeded

  3. modelzoi March 23, 2015 at 11:15 pm #

    Reblogged this on Zoi's Boudoir.

  4. Romantic Dominant March 24, 2015 at 8:20 am #

    Signed

  5. sophiedoz March 24, 2015 at 9:41 am #

    Unfortunately I can’t sign it as you have to be a UK resident to do so but you have my full support!

  6. Kurt Krueger March 24, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    Just absurd to classify a girl who WANTS a clit piercing for sexual stimulation with FGM. Just absurd.

  7. Tony Segura March 25, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

    I tried to sign the petition but since I’m neither a British citizen nor live in the UK it wouldn’t let me sign.

    • roswellivory March 26, 2015 at 6:34 pm #

      That’s a shame but thankyou anyway for trying,

  8. Chelim Yrneh (@Forthespacemen) March 26, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    ( Signed ) will link to on FB . I’m already engaged in a HUGE argument with, FFS, apologists for “politically correct right on” apologists for FGM (!!!!)

    • roswellivory March 26, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

      Thankyou so much- and that’s crazy! Fight the apologising apology apologists!! 😛

  9. Chelim Yrneh (@Forthespacemen) March 26, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

    link to my FB on my Twitter bio

  10. Sean Cronin March 30, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

    I agree. Absurd to confuse mutilation with cosmetic piercing.

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