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In the news: Breast ironing

I had never heard of such a thing:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/africa/07/07/cameroon.breastironing.reut/index.html

Excerpt:

Worried that her daughters' budding breasts would expose them to the risk of sexual harassment and even rape, their mother Philomene Moungang started 'ironing' the girls' bosoms with a heated stone.

"I did it to my two girls when they were eight years old. I would take the grinding stone, heat it in the fire and press it hard on the breasts," Moungang said.

"They cried and said it was painful. But I explained that it was for their own good."

"Breast ironing" -- the use of hard or heated objects or other substances to try to stunt breast growth in girls -- is a traditional practice in West Africa, experts say.

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(Anonymous)
Jul. 7th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
It’s a sick environment! It’s a place of high perversion in many aspects! Africa has one of the hightest child sexual exploitation rates in the world so it goes to show how desperate these mothers have become in protecting their children. It’s sick but remember that in Africa, especially the southern parts, that some of the men are taught about all these vile rituals and sick superstitions where having sex with babies or virgin children are said to cure or prevent them from having aids. It’s horrible! There has been incidents where groups of men rape tiny babies as young as 9months! Not only do the children have to worry about starving to death or getting aids, but they have to worry about being sexually abused or taken by evil people that make them sex slaves or forced into armies which fight amongst each other and used for and by warlords. It’s not a good environment for anyone….let alone the little children. You can tell alot about a nation on how they treat their women and children. In Africa it’s pure savagery!

(Anonymous)
Jul. 8th, 2006 11:13 am (UTC)
I saw that pop on my personalized google page yesterday while at work, that's just sick. It's a good thing that doctors are starting to try to right the wrong.

Brian
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