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Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women
Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar expose the secret of female genital mutilation, a practice that affects one hundred million of the worlds women. New Introductions by the Authors.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 28th 1996 by Mariner Books
(first published January 1st 1993)
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I read this after I completed Possessing the Secret of Joy, also by Alice Walker--and I recommend that the two books be read consecutively. Walker and Parmar are on a treasure hunt, to find the roots of the practices of clitoridectomy and infibulation, and tell the stories of victims of the practice, as well as profiles of health and social workers who are trying to put an end to this dangerous, unnecessary practice, which contrary to belief is unsanctioned by any major religion.
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I feel bad about not giving more stars to this book due to the subject matter but really I was not super interested in reading the "making of the movie" journal of walker. The most valuable piece of this book is the collection of interviews in the third part. I'll admit I skimmed the journal entries.
This is a difficult book to write about. It was a difficult book to read. The detail is sickening but the world needs to be aware, to rally against, work to end in third world countries.....difficult at best, given centuries of cultural practice. The exploitation of women considered chattel is wrong, no matter where you live.
After loving Possessing the Secret of Joy so much I decided to pick up this book too and I was not disappointed. Walker goes to Africa in this book to work with a filmmaker on filming a documentary on female genital mutilation (FGM) They talk with girls who have just been through the proceedure and with their mothers-it's truly gutwrenching. There is the one part that still kills me today- they ask one mother about how much pain her daughter will be in and she says no, that she will have ice ...more
horrifying and eye-opening. save it for when you really need to cry, or forget about your stupid worries for a while or your lack of sexual fulfillment. how can you ever complain about anything in your life when millions of young baby girls are getting their clitorises brutally cut off? The film she made with Pratibha Parmar is just as beautiful, and emotionally intense.
When I read this book in 1993, my eyes were opened. I thanked God that this crime against humanity had not been inflicted upon me by my mother. AnD it happens in the US. By those who are not Islamic, those live in a supposedly enlighteD first world country.
I read this book as part of my undergrad in Women's Studies. It is an eye opener. This practice is still a part of many tribal communities today. The significance and prominence of this belief and how it affects so many young women has been a life-changing learning experience for me.
Alice Walker, one of the United States preeminent writers, is an award-winning author of novels, stories, essays, and poetry. In 1983, Walker became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her novel The Color Purple, which also won the National Book Award. Her other books include The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Meridian, The Temple of My Familiar, and ...more