Skip to comments.Brutality in Cameroon: The Barbaric Practice of Breast Ironing
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 daughters chest? And of course, its 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.)
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I can’t watch the video...
but, but, but, we are told ALL cultures are equal.
Read the accounts of some of the early explorers in Africa. It wasn’t called the Dark Continent for nothing.
Remember, All cultures are the same.
Tragic! And SO deplorable!
NOW is gonna be all over this one. /s
Is Cameroon Muslim?
This seems tame to clit cutting. </SARC... in case you needed it.
That pretty much blows the theory that all cultures are equal out of the water.
And, American women are sooooooo discriminated against. /s
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.
This whole thing is a western propaganda piece to get you to think abortion is better.
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?
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.
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.
No. It is a propaganda piece to get people to think schools know better.
Then its all butt sex and abortion.