You will prepare and submit a term paper on Female Circumcision. Your paper should be a minimum of 2000 words in length. As a woman who has actually had female circumcision done to her, Njambi offers a unique perspective upon the practice, and she is particularly compelling in regards to the fact that the anti-FGM campaign perpetuates a “colonialist assumption by universalizing a particular western image of a ‘normal’ body and sexuality in its quest to liberate women and girls.” (Njambi, 2004).
Njambi presents an interesting paradox. It might be expected that a feminist scholar would be vehemently opposed to a practice that, on face value at least, seems to embody the male oppression of women over the millennia. Yet this is complicated by the fact that she is putting an anti-colonialist overlay onto her normal feminist analysis. Uses of the word “barbaric” by anti-FGM activists suggest the dehumanization of the cultures that are practicing the tradition.