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Publication Conference Paper, other
Title How pro-orgasm intentions in anti-FGM campaigns backfire
Author(s) Johnsdotter, Sara
Date 2008
English abstract
Somali young women in Sweden, some of them circumcised, have to deal with national campaigns condemning ‘female genital mutilation’ and the public message that they are ‘sexually mutilated’ and deprived of their ability to enjoy sex and experience orgasm. Some of these young women arrived in Sweden already circumcised and the public view of how FGC has had a devastating effect on their sexuality is their only source of information. Thus, these young Swedish Somali women have to make their sexual débuts in lack of knowledge about the potential of their own sexuality. A previous study among Eritreans and Ethiopians in Sweden showed that many women are firmly convinced that female circumcision – generally clitoridectomy – had ruined their possibilities to have a truly enjoyable sexual life, despite the fact that they reported being orgasmic and had prior to migration classified their sexual life as ‘normal’. These feelings of loss and distress seemed to stem from anti-FGM-campaigns in Sweden. Here I want to discuss the implications of unfounded allegations of deprived sexual abilities used in the moral crusade to abolish FGM, especially in the light of recent research showing that orgasmic pleasure and satisfaction are related more to cognitive and affective than sensory aspects.
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) FGC
female circumcision
orgasm
politics
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note The annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Fransisco CA, Nov 19-23, 2008. Invited session: Female Circumcision and the Orgasm Puzzle.
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9256 (link to this page)

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