Re: Relevance and Nothingness

Adrienne Dearmas (DearmasA@AOL.COM)
Tue, 6 Feb 1996 15:37:43 -0500

In a message dated 96-02-05 22:00:27 EST, write:

>If you ever feel like posting to the list something about your work on
>FGM, I would appreciate reading about it. No pressure, though...I know
>we're all busy. (I'm a grad. student.) Bonnie Wisthoff

Actually, I would be interested to know how many anthropologists are aware of
this practice and of those that know about it, what is your perspective on
it? Cultural relativism, human rights issue, political issue, do we have the
right to interfere with cultural traditions, and how do people feel about its
prevalence in immigrant communities in the US? The chapter I am writing on
this for my book will include everything possible to give a balanced,
non-judgemental overview of the literature available and the issues at stake.
Unfortunately, there is not as much anthropological attention to this topic
as I would like to see. Anyone interested? I promise not to flame or call
anyone names.

- Adrienne DeArmas