When a person starts monitoring their own language and walking around difficult subjects, it is a shame on them. When a formerly great newspaper does it, this is the shame of a nation. The New York Times has capitulated to regressive Islamists and stopped using the term Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), because it is “culturally loaded”.
Celia Dugger, Health Editor, suggested that the use of the term FGM might create division between those who are mutilated and those who do the mutilation! IS there not already a divide? Did one not just brutally maim the other?
By using the less descriptive term “cutting”, she is lessening the immediate horror people feel when they read about it. And she shouldn’t. Unless we are all made aware of the realities, this barbaric practice will continue.
Since 2013, there have been more than half a million recorded incidents of FGM in the US.
As reported in the Daily Caller:
Worried the term “female genital mutilation” might sharpen the divide between those who oppose brutally cutting away a little girl’s genitalia to deprive her of sexual pleasure and those who practice the “rite,” one New York Times editor instead refers to the ritual as “genital cutting.”
“There’s a gulf between the Western (and some African) advocates who campaign against the practice and the people who follow the rite, and I felt the language used widened that chasm,” NYT science and health editor Celia Dugger explained Friday. She also said the widely used term (FGM) is “culturally loaded” in the explanation, which came as a result of inquiries from The Daily Caller News Foundation regarding a reporter’s decision to use the term “cutting” in a recent story about a doctor in Michigan.
She also said the widely used term (FGM) is “culturally loaded” in the explanation, which came as a result of inquiries from The Daily Caller News Foundation regarding a reporter’s decision to use the term “cutting” in a recent story about a doctor in Michigan.