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.
NOW WE GOT A PROBLEM.
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?