Wednesday, July 13, 2011

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 9

Gather round ye olde barf buckets, it's time for

Day 9: Books That Make Us Sick


We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families. Because it happens again and again and again while we debate what genocide really is.


Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker

This novel swirls around the issue of performing ritual acts as a cultural right, specifically female genital mutilation.  While there are big political issues involved--does Western cultural hegemony give us the authority to dictate imperatives to other cultures around the world?--I cannot get around the descriptions of a woman tortured in order to belong.  Before rushing to judge, though, consider the infant boys circumcised in this country every day.  It's a tough subject and one that hasn't really changed much since Walker wrote her book 20 years ago.

1 comment:

  1. We Wish To Inform You... is one of the most horrifying reports that I have ever read. Lost sleep over that one. Probably should have lost more.