by any other name…

So, these unspeakable dicks actually named their beautiful baby daughters, “Unwanted”, did they?


Yes, yes, I get the argument that unique, possibly ancient, cultural practices are awesome and should be respected — stay true to your roots, I say… celebrate our differences. Absolutely. I’ll be the first bastard to agree with you that xenophobia, in all its many forms, sucks. With respect to others practicing disparate cultural traditions with which I am unfamiliar, I got no problem. No problem, that is, UNTIL BY DOING SO THEY SOMEHOW MARGINALIZE, SUBJUGATE, TORTURE, or EXPLOIT WOMEN, motherfucker.


You see, as far as I’m concerned, this incident isn’t just some mysterious little cultural quirk — this is a FUCKING HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE and should be treated as such. Identification, condemnation, and eradication should be SWIFT and without mercy. Good for these officials for shedding light on an ugly, sexist, hurtful practice whose time has LONG PASSED. In the 21st Century, women are no longer chattel, goddamnit, and to literally brand them as “substandard” or “undesirable” should not be tolerated ANYWHERE — New York OR New Delhi. Surgically removing a young girl’s clitoris with an unsterilized, broken beer bottle and no anesthetic is a charming little cultural practice, as well — but we no longer turn our heads and tolerate that, so why should we do so with this? Mutilating a female’s genitals and destroying her potential for experiencing one of life’s greatest and most profound pleasures is no different than mutilating and destroying her self-esteem or her spirit. THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE.

At any rate, at least these young girls are now being allowed to shed and refute the oh, so delightful name given to them by their loving, thoughtful parents, and instead bestow upon themselves one of their own choosing.

If this were me, I know exactly what I would adopt as my new moniker, though I will need a little help with the translation:

How does one say, “GO FUCK YOURSELF, MOM AND DAD; I’M FABULOUS!” in Hindi?

About muffybolding

Muffy Bolding is a mother/writer/actor/knitter/feminist/withered debutante who likes the smell of asparagus pee, and remains obsessed with the bathroom hygiene of her three children -- despite the fact that they are 23, 19, and 16. She is blissfully married to a cute Jewish boy who looks like Willie Wonka, but remains tragically in love with the dead poet, Ted Hughes. She has the mouth of a Teamster, and her patron saint is Rocco (pestilence relief.) Ms. Bolding lives in Southern California, where she enjoys typing words, making movies, and plucking the rings from the fingers of the dead. She was the co-creator and Editor-in-Chief of the award winning satire zine, Fresno Lampoon, and in between writing screenplays, carnival barking, and savagely threatening her trio of darling larvae with a wooden spoon, she currently publishes the zine, "Withered Debutante." More of her work can also be found in the anthology, "Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts", the compilation zine, "Mamaphiles III: Coming Home", as well as in The Cortland Review and She is currently writing and producing for film and television, and working on a book of essays entitled, "Inside A Chinese Dragon." She has slept around, but not nearly as much as she would have liked.
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