Some 180 words into anÂ ABC piece on female genital mutilation in Australia, this paragraph appears:
Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital says it is seeing betweenÂ 600 and 700 women each year who have experienced it in some form.
And that’s just in Melbourne. What about Sydney? Adelaide? Perth? What the hell is going on here? The hospital’s Zeinab Mohamud tries to explain:
“Some people when they hear they say, ‘how can that happen?’ It’s when something is cultural and the people have been doing it for so long, it’s not easy to either eliminate it or to say, ‘you have got a bad culture’,” she said.
You have got a bad culture!
It’s not that difficult to say. Dr Ted Weaver, of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, is similarly delicate:
Dr Ted Weaver agrees and he says ordering people against the practice would be inappropriate.
No. Weaver’sÂ response is inappropriate. Recall the words ofÂ Kevin Rudd from last September:
“Silence is tantamount to tacit approval,” he said …
“We cannot afford to be silent … We have a responsibility to speak up and say ‘I swear never to commit violence against a woman’.
“I swear never to excuse violence against women and I swear never to remain silent about violence against women, and this is my solemn oath as a man, that is the oath to which all men of Australia should adhere to and swear.”
Further from Weaver:
“If we try and dictate and pontificate about this and not provide culturally appropriate care, we’ll further disenfranchise those women,” he said.
Forget disenfranchised. They’re disfigured.
(ViaÂ Mark Steyn)
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