Shifting Sands

Language Articles

'FGM' term undermines efforts to reduce rates of cutting.

American arrogance and the movement to end ‘FGM’

Published 25 September 2015

‘FGM’ is widely condemned, yet the phrase—as well as the narrative of ‘dark Africa’ that it reflects – undermines efforts to reduce rates of cutting.

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Pitying victims of FGM/C

Does pitying victims or survivors of FGM/C help?

Published 22 May 2015

I’ve been to a number of public, professional and theatrical events about FGM/C where ‘victims / survivors’ are part of the programme.

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FGM barbaric mutilation?

Is FGM/C barbaric mutilation?

Published 19 May 2015

When it comes to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) there are disagreements about the language used to describe the practice.

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