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Some (straight) historians have tried to de-gay them and erase their lesbian sexuality, agency and history. But they were still lesbians.

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Thread. What I learned about #FGM (mainly from @briandavidearp). Yes, I will get off this topic eventually. Mute the word #circumcision if you follow but are tired of these posts.
@briandavidearp (1) Although I have always opposed routine neonatal circumcision, I used to get annoyed when intactivists would compare circumcision & FGM. It seemed like a false analogy to me.
@briandavidearp (2) Of course, I was thinking of the most horrific types, the unforgettable descriptions I read in @Ayaan's memoir "Nomad" &—even more so—in Alice Walker's harrowing novel "Possessing the Secret of Joy."
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#HEUNI_Tweetsday Weekly thread on Wednesdays. This month we'll reveal you the key findings from our latest project done w/@SOLWODI, @CIRRIFUGIATI, @JRSizbjeglice, @ENoMW and supported by @EU_Justice
Simple rules: 1❤– 1 finding. 1st topic: #GBV, its consequences & risk factors.
@SOLWODI @CIRRIFUGIATI @JRSizbjeglice @ENoMW @EU_Justice So what are we actually looking into when talking about #GBV against women? Is there any definition? And where to find it? Check out #IstanbulConvention coe.int/en/web/istanbu… #VAW #HumanRights #ViolenceAgainstWomen
@SOLWODI @CIRRIFUGIATI @JRSizbjeglice @ENoMW @EU_Justice #Refugee women have different backgrounds including different personal qualities, family situations, levels of education and professions. Refugee women do not form a homogenous group, and they definitely should not be seen as uninformed #victims.
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I was locked out of my account by Twitter for a day for describing the difference between #FGM and male circumcision. I chose to remove the tweets as well as appeal, but honestly, this is men mass reporting women for telling the stories of our lives.
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theguardian.com/society/2016/f…
#FGM is a brutal crime against girls and women that can kill them or leave them harmed for life. I covered this story up close when I lived in London and I have been privileged to meet many survivor activists. I am appalled that Twitter doesn't recognize their error here.
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The World Health Organization/@WHO calls #FGM "a violation of the human rights of girls and women."
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who.int/news-room/fact…
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(1) .@IlhanMN .@Ilhan you profess to be a "Muslim"

But nowhere in Islam is #FGM or Female Genital Mutilation referenced or deemed acceptable

(It is non-Islamic Bedouin tradition)

Nowhere in Islam is incest accepted

Nowhere in Islam is polyandry (multiple husbands) accepted
(2) .@IlhanMN .@Ilhan You disrespect and rebel against that which you profess to hold most dear: being a "Muslim."

If you cannot keep the faith to god according to the dictates of Islam, if you feel you can "write" your own religious law in contradiction to ....
(3) the Koran, the Hadith and Shari'a - how can you be trusted?

Your behavior flies in the faith of Islamic and Koranic discipline.

In many Muslim countries - including Somalia, your disrespectful behavior would result in a painful & lethal punishment, no questions asked.
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🇬🇧 #MayGotTrumped
🇺🇸Theresa May Lost for Words as President @realDonaldTrump hits a home run when replying to @SkyNews reporter sarcastic question about the #StoneColdLoser @SadiqKhan

🇺🇸#Trump2020 #NationalPatriot #WinningBigly
🇺🇸 This lady totally agrees with what @realDonaldTrump advised the London Mayor @SadiqKhan
Kahn, you should focus on the thousands of of girls being subjected to the crime of Female Genital Mutilation #FGM in London each year
🏴 #StoneColdLoser
@SadiqKhan who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly “nasty” to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me . . DJT
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Perus- ja ihmisoikeudet ja niiden edistäminen iloksemme vahvasti #hallitusohjelma’ssa. Monet tavoitteemme hienosti mukana! Työtä on todellakin tehty paljon ja nyt vaikutukset näkyvät. Tässä ketjussa nopeasti keskeisimpiä #ihmisoikeudet havaintoja:
1. Hienoa, että ihmisoikeuksien järjestelmälliseen edistämiseen panostetaan: #hallitusohjelma'ssa mm. kolmas perus- ja ihmisoikeustoimintaohjelma, lainvalmistelijoiden ihmisoikeusosaamisen vahvistaminen sekä perus- ja ihmisoikeusvaikutusten arviointi. #ihmisoikeudet
2. #Hallitusohjelma'n mukaan kv. ihmisoikeussopimusten toimeenpanoa ja valvontaa edistetään ja vahvistetaan. Myös #oikeusvaltio'ta vahvistavia toimia löytyy useita. #ihmisoikeudet
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In American hospitals, the nurses strap the babies onto this circumcision restraint board which elevates their penis for easy access. The doctor might have other duties and may arrive late while the baby screams, chokes and struggles against the Velcro straps.
Sometimes the baby breaks loose, so the nurse straps him down even tighter.

When the doctor arrives, he takes off the baby's diaper and may find that the child has defecated in his panic and desperation. The nurse will quickly clean the baby, and the operation begins.
At birth, the baby's foreskin is firmly attached to the head (glans) of the penis by a membrane, leaving a narrow opening for urination. The dartos muscle, which runs from the scrotum to the tip of the foreskin, controls opening & closing of the tip of the foreskin for urination,
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Ok, so this👇 is just a warning to safeguard our women, because it's ultimately our women whose wombs will be extracted to implant into males in the West!
The greed n exploitation of Western men know no bounds - we must have laws to protect our women
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#WPUKLondon is now kicking off. It’s the 22nd meeting promoting our right to speak.
Previous meetings have been targeted and meetings prevented. Tonight this meeting is free from protests! Thanks to the venue, for support and donations. #WPUKLondon
#WPUKLondon is launching the #WPUKManifesto tonight.
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L. Mosselmans on myths about #FGM/C at international experts meeting: Western media focuses on extreme cases, giving the impression that FGM/C is usually sexually disabling and associated with very poor quality of life. Yet this is not true for majority of women with FGM/C. "We
tend to think of all women with FGM/C as having horrible sex lives, and all women without FGM/C as having wonderful sex lives, but this is not the case; most women, with and without FGM/C, have sex lives somewhere in the middle." See ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17970975
"When we don't take care to ground our arguments in facts, we can't do our best research, and we can't help women in the most effective way" (paraphrased). "Be wary of seeing 'majority' of women with FGM/C ... this may mean 51%" or it may not be grounded at all.
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Fascinating talk by @CCPallitto (WHO) at international expert meeting on #FGM. Swiss scholar asked re: mixed messages, with WHO fighting to end female genital cutting while simultaneously promoting male genital cutting in the same communities (i.e., that practice both). [THREAD]
Response by @CCPallitto: "Male circ has health benefits, there's evidence for that. FGM has no health benefits, so they need to be kept separate." Appeared to begin to say MC is "voluntary" but stopped mid-word ... perhaps because WHO moving to non-voluntary MC on infants?
Questions for @CCPallitto, (1) if 'minor' forms of *non-consensual* FGM had health benefits, would the WHO support it? Or would it argue that girls have a human right to give *consent* to alteration of their genitals (if desired) when of age? (2) is the WHO creating an incentive
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I think that you should be appreciative of what America has given you, versus being a nasty little Ilhan Omar clone. If you do not like it here, and do not want to assimilate & contribute to our society, move to Muqdisho & see what the government there offers you, qof qallafsan!
Only in America can an immigrant become a citizen, get scholarships that American-born citizens cannot get & then insult the country & the president.

I lived in Africa for a long time & can tell you the reprisals there, for speaking like u do here would be severe, qof qallafsan.
What I do not understand, is why people like you, who are enjoying the benefits (and relative safety) of a free society, are so disrespectful.

Go run your mouth about politics in Somalia and see what happens to you.

#Gaalnimo
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1/ Last week the Solicitor General informed Congress that DOJ won’t appeal a district court judgment declaring that Congress lacked the power to enact the federal law prohibiting female genital mutilation. #FGM

justice.gov/oip/foia-libra…
2/ My friends and colleagues @neal_katyal and @jgeltzer have strongly condemned DOJ's decision; but I agree w/@walterdellinger that DOJ did the right thing here.

nytimes.com/2019/04/12/us/…
3/ To be sure, I think Congress had authority to enact the #FGM law pursuant to its commerce power . . . and probably also pursuant to its power to enforce the 13th Amendment (because this horrific act is effectively a form of branding ...
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Good morning from the .@UN 👋 We had an excellent day yesterday preparing for submissions to the CEDAW Committee and today we are back attending #CEDAW72 as the UK government will be appearing before the Committee to answer questions!
We have started now and the UK government is making its 30 minute opening statement. The #metoo movement has already been mentioned! #CEDAW72
The government delegation are highlighting the steps they have taken to promote equality, such as: doubled entitlement of free childcare; committed to assisting individuals have taken time out for caring to return to work; addressing gender pay gap. #CEDAW72
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I am glad to see @PatrickStrud’s article quoting 5 British feminist academics who quite rightly remind us that feminism must include rights of trans women. It reminds me of an argument that happened after 1 of my talks in #London when 2 white lesbians bombarded me w/ transphobia
I mention that the 2 transphobic lesbians were white because they followed me to dinner after my talk where a gay #Saudi man, a bisexual Saudi woman and I defended trans rights against those two. In no other country have transphobes followed me to dinner after my talk to argue.
I wanted to eat & to talk w/my friends and the transphobes wanted to lecture. I told them that as far as I was concerned trans women are women and the fight against patriarchy had to include trans rights.And then I said i had just spent 90mins on a lecture & Q&A & I wanted to eat
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Breaking #Chope Chair of East Dorset Conservative Ass Cllr Ray Bryan says he’s had constituents ringing him “in tears, very distressed about this”. Some members furious. Calling a meeting of the Assoc Exec “within 48hrs to sort this once and for all, one way or another” #FGM
On #Chope being called out by @sajidjavid @Tobias_Ellwood and many others, Assoc Chair says

“That makes me very sad. I will take this issue to the Exec. I’m sure Chris has his reasons but the public don’t always understand his reasons. I take the issue very seriously “.
#Chope Cllr Bryan “Chris has a history of some very good work but he does tend to-i#on issues like this.. the members of the public don’t understand. I wold have thought it’s up the party to actually deal with this from a central function”.
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#FGM is about controlling female sexuality.
- We must talk about sex & a woman’s right to desire & pleasure
- Saying #NoFGM is saying I own my body, not the state, mosque, church, street or family

FEMINIST GIANT rant for International Day of #ZeroTolerance4FGM
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Here are statistics for #FGM prevalence in #Egypt that I refer to, via @28TooMany:
With prevalence of 87.2% among all women aged 15-49, in population of 95 million, Egypt has the greatest number of women and girls who have experienced FGM in the world.
#NoFGM #ZeroTolerance4FGM
#FGM in #Egypt, via @tadwein: (I reject “circumcision.”It is cutting/mutilation)
- 70% of men & 56% of women approve of FGM
- 9/10 men & 8/10 women agree that men are involved in deciding whether a girl is cut
- 67% of men & 58% women agree FGM makes women less sexually demanding
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Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance for #FGM. With FGM prevalence of 87.2% among all women aged 15-49, in a population of nearly 95 million, #Egypt has the greatest number of women and girls who have experienced FGM of any country in the world. We must say #NoFGM Blue ribbon that is equivalent of Arabic letter for “No.” Under it are words “Zero Tolerance Ribbon. Say no to female genital mutilation. #NoFGM”
Watch this video via @28TooMany about the Zero Tolerance for #FGM Ribbon Campaign in #Egypt. The ribbon is in the shape of the Arabic word “no.” Together we must say #NoFGM. #ZeroTolerance4FGM
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“When he grabbed my ass, that is violence. When I punched him, that is self defense.”

Last February, I started #MosqueMeToo & #IBeatMyAssaulter in same week. Here’s excerpt of a video I made for @washingtonpost explaining the reasons. Grateful to women who shared their stories.
You can watch the whole video here: If you grope me, I'll break your hand #MosqueMeToo #IBeatMyAssaulter
Starting this month, my goal is to record short videos - like first clip 👆🏽- that will be called FEMINIST GIANT Rants - lots of things coming up soon!
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Muslim women's bodies - from head to toe - are the site of battle between right wing racist shits & clueless left wing cultural relativist shits. And where are we?
From hijabs to FGM - the headscarves & hymens of my book title - everything has become about right vs left wing & not about us Muslim women.
For decades and more now: right wing shits who don't give a flying fuck about us Muslim women use hijabs/FGM as racism/Islamophobia entry point.
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Fuck virginity, hymens, chastity and "purity" that make parents cut and mutilate their daughters. Ever since I learned members of my extended family were subjected to #FGM, I've been writing, obsessively against it. This is from 2019 nytimes.com/2014/11/17/opi… #EndFGM
Something that hurts so many girls and women is kept silent and taboo because it has to do with our vaginas and with sex. From 2016 theguardian.com/society/2016/a… #EndFGM
That NYT oped is from 2014, not 2019. I get so fucking angry about #FGM is rarely see straight.
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The white men jumping on my #FGM thread saying things like “Yeah that mother needs to rot in hell!” As if you give a flying fuck about girls subjected to the horrors of FGM. I fight FGM w/every fiber of my being but I know for some white people it’s another excuse for racist shit
I hate the cultural relativists too, believe me. Theirs is a racism of lower expectations - the “it’s their culture” racist shit. I respect no culture that hurts women and girls. Who made it”culture.” Not women and girls, for sure. Just shut up and listen to those of us affected
This is why I insist you listen to survivors and activists like my sister and comrade @LeylaHussein. This is why I share that so many women of my extended family were subjected to #FGM. This is not an abstract notion for so many of us. Itvisbin our homes.
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