In Her Shoes

By: Madelyn Starritt

Women’s issues are constantly battled for and against. There are fights to improve policies and situations and, often these issues are not taken seriously and pushed to the side. Things like the wage gap, the focus on a woman’s appearance instead of her knowledge, not including women in decisions and legislation about abortion rights, blaming rape victims, and so much more. These women are considered to just be whining and aren’t taken seriously. That is, until a man brings up the same issues and expresses concern. These things aren’t real or serious when a woman experiences it but once a man finds himself in these similar situations they become important. I can’t even count how many times I have said “I just said that,” because it was ignored when I brought it up but taken seriously when the words came out of a man’s mouth.

This is a problem. Not everyone feels the same way or has the same experiences. There are many people that are more and less fortunate than others. This does not mean we have the right to dismiss others problems and concerns just because we have not experienced them. That is the problem with this situation. Most men don’t experience the belittling, the misogyny, the disrespect that women do, so they don’t think women experience these things. We live in the same world so our experiences should be similar, right? No. This idea is absurd. Every person is different and has different experiences including men and women.

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To Know Female Genital Mutilation

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By Joshua Bondurant

Over 130 million women have experienced Female Genital Mutilation. There are four primary forms, and the World Health Organization have determined all forms to be physically and emotionally harmful. Perhaps the most adverse is a Clitoridectomy, the partial or full removal of a woman’s clitoris.  This procedure can lead to incredible pain during first intercourse, bleeding, cysts, and a life of serious health issues. Other procedures include excisions and infibulations, –the narrowing of the vaginal opening.

Many of the cultures that practice procedures to remove a women’s clitoris are located in Kenya, Africa. In these cultures, this ceremony marks the transition to womanhood, and such practices are the norm. Similar ideals exist throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Australia, where they also practice and often force FGM on young women due to ceremonial and spiritual beliefs.

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