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In Defense Of The Irish | Main | I AM SICK OF DEPRESSIVE SPAM-COMMENTS
June 26, 2006

Mutilate Your Daughter's Genitals, Get A Free "Breast Ironing" For Free

Yeah... so, slicing off the clitoris of young girls may help preserve their chastity by making sex unenjoyable or even painful for them. But, let's face it, that's not going to stop men from being attracted to them and trying to have sex with them. Because it's not exactly the most obvious feature on a woman's body, even when she's naked.

Hell, even when you're in the area. Actually, I'd pay someone cash money to tell me what the hell it even is.

Anyway. Sorry to toss a joke in there. Did I mention, no sleep?

It's also a practice in Cameroon to iron down -- yes, with hot, makeshift IRONS -- a young girl's breasts until they almost entirely disappear.

A nationwide campaign is under way in Cameroon to discourage the widespread practice of "breast ironing".

This involves pounding and massaging the developing breasts of young girls with hot objects to try to make them disappear.

Statistics show that 26% of Cameroonian girls at puberty undergo it, as many mothers believe it protects their daughters from the sexual advances of boys and men who think children are ripe for sex once their breasts begin to grow.

The most widely used instrument to flatten the breasts is a wooden pestle, used for pounding tubers in the kitchen. Heated bananas and coconut shells are also used.

Student Geraldin Sirri recounted her painful experience.

"My mother took a pestle, she warmed it well in the fire and then she used it to pound my breasts while I was lying down. She took the back of a coconut, warmed it in the fire and used it to iron the breasts.

"I was crying and trembling to escape but there was no way."

Another woman from Mamfe in south-west Cameroon told me she ironed her own breasts as a girl so that she would not be forced into early marriage as is the practice in her village.

"I wanted to go to school like other girls who had no breasts," Emilia said.

Thanks to OgreGunner.


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