Makau Mutua: The politics of clitoridectomy

In November 2019, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the National Policy on Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation which kicked off the campaign to eradicate FGM in the country by 2022. Photo | Courtesy

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What you need to know:

  • We are inherently fascinated and seduced by sex and sexuality.
  • Scientists agree the clitoris has one basic function.

Some tightwad may think the subject of this column is X-rated, or taboo. It’s neither. Rather, it’s about knowledge, and the politics of knowledge. Specifically, it’s about the fight over women’s rights and cultural norms.

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