Yesterday was International Zero Tolerance for FGM Day so we decided to publish our SiA Magazine special edition teaser covering white women's female genital cosmetic surgery. Of course, the obvious question is why isn't WHO calling these practices FGM? Why is it only the bodies of African, black, Muslim or other non-western women that are labeled as "mutilated"?
Why is the western world eager to criminalize us, our mothers and grandmothers for upholding a traditional practice that is becoming more and more popular among white western women who are happy to pay thousands of dollars to copy our vajayjays?
Don't believe? White women would never do such a thing? Well, this issue of SiA Magazine features a few of these ads for so-called "labiaplasty", which fit squarely within the definition of WHO Type II Excision performed in Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Guinea and many other parts of West and East Africa. SiA shows that not only are white women getting rid of excess labial and clitoral tissue and flesh but they are doing so for the same reasons - comfort, aesthetics, better hygiene - and with the utter impunity that only white female privilege can afford. So, nuff said.
Fuambai Sia Ahmadu, PhD
Fuambai Sia Ahmadu is an anthropologist, feminist, Bondo activist and passionate advocate for intragender equality worldwide. fuambaisiaahmadu.com or awafc.org