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Brutality in Cameroon: The Barbaric Practice of Breast Ironing
David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | July 29, 2010 | Jenn Q. Public

Posted on 07/29/2010 8:41:22 PM PDT by TheHawksNest

Little girls in Cameroon are being betrayed by their own mothers. Using piping hot stones, women “iron” their pubescent daughters’ breasts to destroy any visible sign of budding womanhood. Some of the victims of this torture are as young as nine.

The scars are horrific.

Women say it is love that drives them to brutalize their daughters this way, that they just want to protect young girls from being raped or becoming pregnant at an early age. Instead, they end up with daughters who are both mutilated and pregnant. Not only are the girls disfigured, but many suffer infection, pain, psychological distress, and damage to the breast tissue that can cause lactation difficulties and perhaps even breast cancer.

As with female genital mutilation, girls are having their bodies violated in unthinkable ways in order to control their sexuality. Why bother to address a high teen pregnancy rate with education about sex and birth control when you can scald away the flesh from your daughter’s chest? And of course, it’s easier to blame little girls for being too enticing than it is to repair a culture in which rape and assault are prevalent.

Please watch the documentary embedded below for more on this cruelty. (Note: The video contains some nudity.)

(Excerpt) Read more at newsrealblog.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; bloggersandpersonal; blogpimp; breastironing; cameroon; women
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Women in America are marching in the streets to make abortion free, and meanwhile, these girls are being mutilated by their own mothers. There are no words to adequately respond to this barbarism.
1 posted on 07/29/2010 8:41:25 PM PDT by TheHawksNest
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To: TheHawksNest

My God...

I can’t watch the video...


2 posted on 07/29/2010 8:44:07 PM PDT by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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To: TheHawksNest

but, but, but, we are told ALL cultures are equal.


3 posted on 07/29/2010 8:45:44 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: TheHawksNest

Read the accounts of some of the early explorers in Africa. It wasn’t called the Dark Continent for nothing.


4 posted on 07/29/2010 8:49:24 PM PDT by Hugin (Remember the first rule of gunfighting...have a gun..-- Col. Jeff Cooper)
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To: TheHawksNest

Remember, All cultures are the same.


5 posted on 07/29/2010 8:49:26 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: Aria

Tragic! And SO deplorable!


6 posted on 07/29/2010 8:50:23 PM PDT by patriot preacher (To be a good American Citizen and a Christian IS NOT a contradiction. (www.mygration.blogspot.com))
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To: TheHawksNest

Most distressing.


7 posted on 07/29/2010 8:51:14 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: TheHawksNest

NOW is gonna be all over this one. /s

Is Cameroon Muslim?


8 posted on 07/29/2010 8:51:25 PM PDT by panaxanax (Keep plucking those chickens and boiling that tar. There's a party coming in November!)
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To: TheHawksNest

This seems tame to clit cutting. </SARC... in case you needed it.


9 posted on 07/29/2010 8:51:40 PM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: firebrand; cpforlife.org

ping


10 posted on 07/29/2010 8:52:26 PM PDT by AliVeritas (Pray, Pray, Pray. Stop Barrystroika.)
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To: TheHawksNest

That pretty much blows the theory that all cultures are equal out of the water.


11 posted on 07/29/2010 8:52:26 PM PDT by dbeall
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To: TheHawksNest
WelcomeTo FreeRepublic!
12 posted on 07/29/2010 8:52:57 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Molon Labe.)
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To: TheHawksNest
"And of course, it’s easier to blame little girls for being too enticing than it is to repair a culture in which rape and assault are prevalent."

And, American women are sooooooo discriminated against. /s

13 posted on 07/29/2010 8:53:56 PM PDT by goodnesswins (DEMOCRATS LOSE.....America WINS!)
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To: TheHawksNest

don’t we have more important things to worry about? This is stupid. If the rock isn’t too hot for the mom to pick up with her hands, it SURE AIN’T DOING ANYTHING to the girl. This is a stupid superstition.


14 posted on 07/29/2010 8:54:24 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: TheHawksNest

This whole thing is a western propaganda piece to get you to think abortion is better.


15 posted on 07/29/2010 8:56:08 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: TheHawksNest

The fear of the mother who subject their young daughters to this torture is that men will find the girls attractive and impregnate them. The answer that the reporter is proposing is sex education of young girls, to teach them what not to do - sex education delivered by the schools.

If parents are supposed to be the ultimate arbiters of how and when to educate their children about sex, what do you do when the parents decide it is better to *burn their breasts off*, instead of teaching them about sexual activity and contraception?


16 posted on 07/29/2010 8:56:46 PM PDT by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: panaxanax
Is Cameroon Muslim?

It is majority Christian, and apparently this practice occurs throughout the country in both Muslim and Christian regions. I was curious about that too.

18 posted on 07/29/2010 8:58:56 PM PDT by TheHawksNest
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To: mamelukesabre

Thats what I thought about the still picture.

This whole this is picking out a few extreme cases to get folks to think abortion is a better answer.

Have you seen the women of cameroon? Many women there have saggy flat chests.


19 posted on 07/29/2010 8:59:06 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: worst-case scenario

No. It is a propaganda piece to get people to think schools know better.

Then its all butt sex and abortion.


20 posted on 07/29/2010 9:01:42 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: mylife
This whole this is picking out a few extreme cases to get folks to think abortion is a better answer.

25 percent of girls are subjected to this in Cameroon. That's not "a few extreme cases."

21 posted on 07/29/2010 9:01:49 PM PDT by TheHawksNest
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To: mylife

Watch the vid. This is a hoax. All you clowns on this thread getting emotional over this are SUCKERS. I really think this thread should be pulled. You all should be ashamed.


22 posted on 07/29/2010 9:02:26 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: stormer

AAAAHHHH! Me Tallywhacker!


23 posted on 07/29/2010 9:02:34 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: TheHawksNest

Did you even watch the vid?

You’ve been duped, fool.


24 posted on 07/29/2010 9:03:59 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: TheHawksNest

I didnt see any pics of people actually torturing these girls.

What I did see was lots of caring spin and pics of supposed aftermath.

I tell Ya this whole piece is intended to horrify you into thinking the NPR gal has the answers.


25 posted on 07/29/2010 9:05:50 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: mamelukesabre

I agree.


26 posted on 07/29/2010 9:06:34 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: TheHawksNest

Good grief! horrific.


27 posted on 07/29/2010 9:06:56 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: mamelukesabre

Did you even watch the vid?

You’ve been duped, fool.

How so? Unless the video was swapped out after I watched it, it was pretty horrible. And I've seen articles over the years in major newspapers about this practice. Do a Google News search. If you have a good reason to believe this is a hoax, I'm all ears.

28 posted on 07/29/2010 9:07:03 PM PDT by TheHawksNest
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To: TheHawksNest

Its a propaganda piece.

People cut males genitals here everyday.


29 posted on 07/29/2010 9:10:38 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: mamelukesabre

But it got the blog some hits, didn’t it?


30 posted on 07/29/2010 9:11:29 PM PDT by Salamander (And I think I need some rest but sleeping don't come very easy in a straight white vest.)
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To: Salamander

Meanwhile the same folks promote piercings.

They be tribal and cool...


32 posted on 07/29/2010 9:17:29 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: mylife
People cut males genitals here everyday.

And do they circumcise baby boys in order to intentionally destroy their sexual attractiveness? Sorry, not at all the same thing. There are good arguments against male circumcision, but it's a different debate entirely.

33 posted on 07/29/2010 9:17:47 PM PDT by TheHawksNest
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To: mamelukesabre

BINGEFFINGOHH!!!!


34 posted on 07/29/2010 9:19:01 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: TheHawksNest

Does it matter?


35 posted on 07/29/2010 9:19:53 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: mamelukesabre

Wow. “Dingaling” is a super argument. “Nitwit” too. Case closed, I guess.


36 posted on 07/29/2010 9:21:36 PM PDT by TheHawksNest
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To: TheHawksNest

I suspect it might be an animist practice.


37 posted on 07/29/2010 9:22:58 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (FUBO! I salute you with the soles of my shoes!)
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To: TheHawksNest

You miss the wider point.

This is a propaganda piece.

There are a billion cut men for every case of this nonsense that is just being used for shock value to promote an ulterior agenda.


38 posted on 07/29/2010 9:23:45 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: TheHawksNest

I think he said a lot more than “dingaling”


39 posted on 07/29/2010 9:26:17 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: Fred Hayek
I suspect it might be an animist practice.
That's an interesting thought. It may have originated with animists, but seems to cross religious boundaries now. I was surprised to learn that it's most prevalent in urban areas.
40 posted on 07/29/2010 9:28:13 PM PDT by TheHawksNest
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To: mamelukesabre
. If the rock isn’t too hot for the mom to pick up with her hands, it SURE AIN’T DOING ANYTHING to the girl.

You don't suppose they could use something like heavy gloves, oven mitts, or other devices to keep their hands away from the rocks?

41 posted on 07/29/2010 9:28:53 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: humblegunner; Eaker; Larry Lucido; Allegra; Salamander; TheOldLady; 50mm; Admin Moderator

In six years here I’ve never hit the abuse button, and I’m not going to start now. I have no idea whether the video in question is real or a hoax, as has been suggested, and I’m not going to give the Horowitz blog a hit to find out.

I just thought you’d all be interested in what is passing for “News” on our Forum.


42 posted on 07/29/2010 9:30:32 PM PDT by shibumi (Pablo, wily, clever and detractive as all get out!)
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To: TheHawksNest

Talk about taking “blame the victim” to extremes. I’ll tell you what those moms should be ironing. But I think you already know what that is.


43 posted on 07/29/2010 9:30:39 PM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: mamelukesabre

From the website http://circumstitions.com/breastiron.html

Thirteen-year-old Geraldine Mbafor could not hold back her tears as she narrated her ordeal.

“I had just finished doing my homework when my mother summoned me to the kitchen. She boiled water and in the water she put a grinding stone. She then removed the stone holding it with a thick cloth to protect her hands, and placed it my breasts and started ironing them,” she stated.

“I felt so much pains that I started crying. After that she bandaged my breasts with a band called breast-band...She did this to me for two-and-a-half months.”

According to 14-year-old Amelia, who would not give her family name, her breasts started developing when she was nine. Her elder sister decided to massage them every evening with a towel soaked in hot water.

“This was very painful, and every evening before I slept, she would put a big elastic belt well fastened round my chest to flatten my breasts.”

“Six months later the flesh that held my breasts was already weak. At 10, I already had fallen breasts and each time I undress I’m ashamed and it is a big complex.”

And yeah it is important enough to worry about.


44 posted on 07/29/2010 9:33:33 PM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: El Gato

I haven’t seen pictures of that “actually happening”

I love ya man but I didn’t see that happening.

If it does happen that’s atrocious, but I think this is a piece that is just meant to get people keyed up so they can get them to agree to gubmint schooling.


45 posted on 07/29/2010 9:34:20 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: El Gato

LOL!

You didn’t watch the vid DID YOU??

go watch the vid, wise guy, then revise your statement.


46 posted on 07/29/2010 9:34:52 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: shibumi

There is no news on the forum now that the lawyers and liberal turds have targeted us.


47 posted on 07/29/2010 9:37:21 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: TheHawksNest

Dear God.

those poor, poor, babies.


48 posted on 07/29/2010 9:38:08 PM PDT by mockingbyrd (Remember in November.)
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To: mylife

Your kidding right? Are you comparing surgical circumcision or hey even ritual circumcision on a male infant with the practice of breast ironing? And just what propoganda is being advanced? That mutilating young girls to protect them from rape is wrong?

The author’s conclusion that sex ed and birth control are the answer is screwed up but that does not mean the practice does not exist or that it is not a cruel torture.

That is like saying that since some people believe abortion should be permitted in the cases of rape that saying woman get raped is propoganda to support abortion.

Do you even hear yourself?


49 posted on 07/29/2010 9:38:28 PM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: lastchance
The practice is now more common in urban areas than in villages, because mothers fear their children could be more exposed to sexual abuse in towns and try to suppress outward signs of sexuality, the survey said.

This Statement is ridiculous on the surface of it.

50 posted on 07/29/2010 9:40:45 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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