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Its "Genital Sculpting", Not Mutilation: Reflections on the Neocolonialist Obsession with African Vulvas
Description: In this workshop we will explore the assumptions and misinformation about African genital modification practices. We will review accurate information on the practices and work to understand them from an African-centered perspective. We will understand the current obsession with African genital modification practices within the context of neocolonial policing of African bodies. We will engage in an experiential exercise to solidify perspectives learned in the workshop.
Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: revise the neo-colonial conceptualizations of female genital cutting with African-centered perspectives of genital modification practices.