Media The Trouble With “Objectivity”
posted by October 27 at 14:04 PMon
CNN has a story about a man accused of cutting off his daughter’s clitoris with a pair of scissors that struggles laboriously to present the practice in a “balanced” manner, eschewing the more accurate phrase “female genital mutilation” to describe the practice in favor of “female circumcision,” which female genital mutilation most assuredly is not. It also takes pains to describe the practice of cutting off girls’ clitorises as an “ancient” and “5,000-year-old” custom—or “procedure,” as the article, incredibly, describes it.
Female circumcision is common in Adem’s homeland, and his lawyer, Mark Hill, acknowledged that Adem’s daughter had been cut. But he said his client did not do it, and he implied that the family of Fortunate Adem, who immigrated from South Africa when she was 6, may have had the procedure done.[…]
The U.S. State Department estimates that up to 130 million women had undergone circumcision worldwide as of 2001.
The article goes on to describe genital mutilation as “a preparation for marriage,” adding, “Activists say the practice is intended to deny women sexual pleasure.”
Hmm… Wonder why they would say that?