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sewing up the
vagina. The mutilations have been
going on in the Sudan
"since the time of the
Pharoahs and are routinely
inflicted on girls between the
ages of 5 and 15. The medical
complications include scarring,
infection, shock, cysts, sterility,
painful coitus, and often the impossibility of orgasm during one's life.
The psychological damage can only be
Bringing her story closer to home,
Millett told of an incredibly sexist
American forefather—a medical man
named Morris. "He decided that white
Aryans had smaller clitorises than
other races. This with zilch evidence
or research. Since he was also a
racist—it's really easy to be several
of these things at once—he looked
forward to the time when nature would
abolish the clitoris as civilization
Finally, Kate discussed our own
view of our sexuality. "I think the
first way we experience female sexuality
is we see it as a way to make a living.
That's really a crummy thing to have to
say. But it is how we have been forced
to survive throughout history And the
burden of children, lack of skills, and
discrimination in the job market make a
husband still the best way to earn a
Kate then praised The Hite Report:
"Brilliant Heterosexuality is an
enormous rip-off to large numbers of
women Women like sex. They want it.
The thing is, they're not getting very
much and it's substandard."
"WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THE ESSENCE
OF CARNALITY, AND WE HAVEN'T EVEN
BEEN GETTING OFF ON IT.
"Now," she said with a twinkle in
eye, "we are taking things into our
hands. And, as women discover our
sexuality, we are discovering each
others'. "Because of the greater
orgasmic potential of women, sex with
other women is almost logical You
have two types who could go on forever."
She quoted one of Hite's respondents: "The very naturalness of
lesbianism and homosexuality is exactly
the cause of the strong social and legal
rules against it."
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