Well, in this Fall 2016 issue we challenge hidden presumptions about white privilege that underlie distinctions between FGCS and FGM. For our donor partners in Sierra Leone who want to spend millions of pounds to eliminate so-called FGM and impose criminal legislation against practitioners, we ask them to show us the moral and aesthetic difference between labiaplasty, clitoropexy or clitoroplasty and WHO Type II Excision performed within Bondo. For those individuals in Sierra Leone who insist that Bondo women must report the benefits of their procedures, this special issue provides more than ample pictorial evidence of the aesthetic, health and hygiene benefits enjoyed by affluent, educated white women and adolescent girls themselves who undergo identical operations. For those who say the difference is about consent, we're happy to have that conversation too. For the many who still believe that somehow white, western women are more autonomous and inherently more capable of making choices about their own bodies, I don't have much to say. I was brought up by my African father and mother to believe that I am equal to any man or woman that breathes the same air I breathe.
On behalf of our editorial team,
Fuambai Sia Ahmadu, PhD
Editor in-Chief, SiA Magazine