breast ironing? Breast Ironing?! BREAST IRONING?!?!?!?!?!?!

Just one more horrific example of how twisted too many societies are — the notion that women and girls should be covered, limited in what they are allowed to do and where they are allowed to go — even MUTILATED all in the name of “keeping them safe” — from men who are apparently presumed to be nothing more than wild animals running around just looking for someplace, ANY place, to shove their ever-present and uncontrollable erections.

How about we do something drastic and demand that the men control themselves?

How about instead of taking scalding hot rocks and trying to burn the very sensitive new tissue of pubescent girls’ breasts down to nothing so that those “uncontrollable men” won’t find them attractive to molest or rape — if someone molests or rapes your daughter, put the damage on THEM — track the bastard down, lop off the offending parts and feed them to him…. IF the response to the threat of molestation is to be a brutal physical one — then save the physical brutality for the actual molesters and rapists, instead of taking it out on their potential victims — it would be far more effective in the long run at preventing daughters from being raped or molested than torturing and mutilating the girls could ever be. If those who would molest or rape a young girl are afraid of ending up castrated and chewing their own parts, chances are it might make them change their mind. Okay, am I REALLY advocating murder here? Not really — but I am making the point that THAT would make far more sense than mutilating your daughters. How about a coalition of mothers — if any man harms any of their daughters, the whole group can track him down as a group and beat the hell out of him, and then make sure the police find him ready to be arrested (if the police where you are would even bother)…. I’m betting after a round or 2 of that in any given village, no man would dare touch the daughter of any of the mothers in that group.

The “logic” of such an action totally escapes me….. protecting the girls? Torture and mutilation is not “protection”, it is torture and mutilation. So how about protecting them from being tortured and mutilated by their own mothers? Find a more effective means of protecting them, find a way to make those you’re afraid of stop doing what scares you.

Calling it “tradition” is nothing more than saying “I was tortured, so I’m going to take it out on my child and torture them”…. a bullshit excuse if ever there was one. “My parent did it to me, and I’m okay” is another one of those lovelies that freaks me out…. NO, you’re NOT “okay” — you think doing that to your child is an acceptable thing to do… therefore you were clearly damaged by having it done to you.

But the real bottom twisted line here is that the girls are being “punished” for things that are out of their control. For the POTENTIAL actions of someone else, for growing up and starting to develop breasts, for being female. When what’s really, really needed is for the males in their society to start acting like fully-formed, living, breathing ADULT HUMAN BEINGS, and not predators who think it’s okay to rape little girls.

GO AFTER THE RAPISTS, not their potential victims.

I know it’s a radical concept — but I honestly believe that if someone raped a child and that child’s parent killed the bastard…. well, I’d never vote to convict…. I’d want to issue them a medal for making sure the bastard wouldn’t be raping any more kids. As for any notion of “shame” for their victims — NO ONE is responsible for the actions of someone else — no one. Why should anyone feel shame for what someone else did?…. short answer, they should not. Anger? Yes, even rage…. but shame? NEVER! The blame for rape lies wholly and solely with the RAPIST, they are who should feel shame, they should also feel justice.

Having a penis does not absolve anyone from responsibility for their own actions. And possessing a penis alone doesn’t make someone a man…. not a real MAN. Men — REAL men, control themselves, behave responsibily, and they do NOT use their penises as weapons… and they damn well don’t go after children. REAL MEN DO NOT RAPE. Lower forms of life do. As far as I’m concerned a rapist may have started their life with human DNA, but once they commit such an act they’ve lost their core humanity, and can no more be described or categorized as “human”…. and one must first be human to be a man.

Every time I read about some new, horrific, twist to what is done to girls and women in some part of the World, in order to make them “safe” from the animals that pass themselves off as “men” there…. I am just so grateful for all the good, solid, decent and FULLY HUMAN men I know — if you’re one of them, and you’re reading this — just know how glad I am to know you, and how glad I am that you’re part of my life. And that the reason I KNOW that men are not horrific ravening animals is because I know men like you. And if you made it far enough to read that, more power to you.

And to the women who are battling this horrible practice in your own area (if you somehow manage to find your way into my obscure blog) — you are heroes for standing up against this. May you have the strength to succeed and may your daughters be stronger, and their lives be happier for your efforts.

I know, I didn’t supply a link on this one…. the internet is rife with them at the moment, so if you do a web search on the term, you’ll find plenty, including some very painful to watch video…. I think this entry is already “in your face” enough on this one, without supplying that as well…. it’s out there, if you feel the need to, you’ll find it.

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