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Culturally Acceptable Mutilation – Be Outraged

Egyptian teenage girl dead FGM

I’ve known about female circumcision, or Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) for a long time. When I was a college student, my hate for the practice was solidified when it was coincidentally discussed in two separate classes on the same morning.

After the talk in Geography gave me an upset stomach, the detailed written account in Child Psychology pushed me to the brink of faint. Even as my vision went black and my hearing faded, all I could think about was how wrong FGM is. If it could have such an impact on a 22 year-old white girl in hyper-Christian West Michigan, imagine what it does to the underprivileged Muslim women in Egypt.

Without going into too much detail, let me clarify what female circumcision is. Like male circumcision, it removes part of the genitalia. Unlike typical male circumcision in the west, female circumcision is often intended to preserve virginity, and perpetuate what you and I might see as oppressive and sexist tradition. More information is available on this Equality Now PDF.

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Pink Lighting: For Sex and For Corpses



Pink hues.

Shades of pink. Textures of pink.

Pink like the stuffed bunny from 1981. Pink like the thinnest stripe in the bubble gum carpeting. Pink like your favorite color because you’re a little girl.

Pink tastes.

Pink tastes like chemical Hubba Bubba soda. Pink tastes like cotton candy and the way you think that lollipop would taste if they’d ever buy it. Pink tastes like vomit after too much strawberry milk.

Pink like the new bedroom. Pink like goes well with retro black. Pink like nipples. Pink like outdated lipstick that she still wears. Pink like flatters your skin tone.

Pink like vomit after a bottle of Robitussin and the carnival. Pink like the orange that is always the new pink. Pink like her vagina.

I hate the pink lighting they put on dead bodies to make them look alive.

Pink like you’ll always love. Pink like her perfect kitchen. Pink feels and tastes like a girl.


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