I was recently chatting with a friend from South America about my excitement about getting to see Ayaan Hirsi Ali speak right here in Oklahoma. He had never heard of her before, which of course flipped me into super-fan-mode and I started gushing about her life and accomplishments and powerful voice and OMFG SHE IS SO PRETTY.
I also tried to carefully, tactfully mention the topic of female genital mutilation and the way women get treated in other societies (and how it is creeping into our society) and her AHA Foundation.
My friend couldnt understand my ‘gentle’ description of female genital mutilation. Certainly there were some language barrier issues, but psychologically he couldnt wrap his head around it until I stated, flatly, ‘They cut out little girls clitorises and labia and sew everything shut.’ At which point he absolutely ‘got it’, and as a father of two little girls (5 and 6 years old), he flipped out. He was shocked and horrified such a thing was happening, especially in 20-fucking-11, and completely understood why I was so pumped about Ayaan and AHA.
So just a reminder, if you are within driving distance of Chickasha, OK, she is speaking there tonight!
An evening with AYAAN HIRSI ALI
October 27, 2011
Te Ata Memorial Auditorium
And here is a plug for her latest article, about honor killings. A mother and three of her teenage daughters were recently killed. Not in Iran. Not in Somalia.
And apparently the Canadian authorities did very little (nothing?) in response to the girls pleas for help.