...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



United Nations' Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM:

British girl leads Guardian campaign to end female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation: A family speaks out against the abuse

“I ended up alone for refusing to be mutilated

Fighting female genital mutilation
Due to the obvious crossover we're not going to be calling it "female circumcision" anymore.
Because then the kids would be all, "So how come it's okay to do that to boys?"
And then everything would get messy.
And we can't have any more messes now.
Pretty deep sorrow that this subject, the mutilation of female genitalia, is even a topic for discussion.

Like, okay, whether or not you should slowly torture people to death before you eat them, because the adrenaline makes the meat tangier, or if you should give them all kinds of relaxing and euphoric stuff over a couple days so when you kill them the meat is saturated in feel-good pheromones, and more relaxing to the consumer. Diff'rent strokes y'all.

The metaphorical gift of circumcising children of either gender is one that just keeps on giving.
Fucking up kids when they're too young and/or too brainwashed to understand and resist what you're doing, breaking their spirits, means as a member of the grownup community you get to have some of the power that's made available by what is essentially the psychological enslavement of the young.
And nothing says personal enrichment like slavery.
Russel Brand was talking about the death of PSHoffman and what the drug hypocrisy syndrome had to do with that. And I just get so weary. So very weary.
We don't need a calm rational conversation about drugs, use and abuse.
There's no one to talk to.
Drugs are illegal because the people who sell them make a lot more money that way than they would if the drugs were legal. Not the guy on the street, the guy in the suite.
Read it again: Drugs are illegal because...
 Phasing in legality like the US is doing w/weed is acceptable because the price will stay "high".
It's the money.
You would be taking money away from some very rich very powerful men if you decriminalized addiction and recreational use. And they don't like it when someone tries to take their money.
In the case of female genital mutilation, it was clearly decided somewhere to avoid the use of "circumcision" to describe a practice that decent people everywhere find disgusting and barbaric, senselessly cruel, and pointless.
As opposed to male circumcision, which is perfectly sensible and a positive addition to any young boy's life experiences.
Plus a religious tradition millenia old. That God said. So it's different.

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