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On the continent of Africa a small village prepares for an important ceremony and the feast the will follow Today 9 little girls ages 5-11 will be circumcised by a village woman who has learned the skill from her mother and grandmother Using a razor blade she will remove their clitoris and labia while they are held down by a few other women from the village Then each little girl will be sewn shut with only a small opening left through which their urine and menstrual blood with flow If the girls survives the procedure and many bouts of infection that may follow the stitches will not be removed once she heals from the circumcision Instead they will be torn apart by her husband on her wedding night Problematic scenes like this play out all over the world although primarily in Africa every day Is the above description of extreme human rights violations or is it a legitimate cultural tradition The line between protecting women and children in non-Western societies from human rights violations and imposing Western cultural ideas upon them is thin at best While this is not a problem to be solved in haste by exploring incidents from around the world such as Female Genital Mutilation and Chinas one child policy this paper will attempt to show how such incidents can be approached from both sides of this argument In a book about making a film which explores Female Genital Mutilation FGM or female circumcision titled Warrior Marks feminine activist -----------Pratibha writes that Surprisingly there was much less controversy than I had expected given that this subject has always raised passionate responses It has been clear that not all women agree on the best strategy for campaigning against female genital mutilation as shown by the variety of responses to the film and this book Pratibha xxi This suggests the cultural conflict between human rights and Western Imperialism is well known to African
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