, the self-appointed space messiah of the swingin
', Raelian Movement
has launched a website where you can "Adopt a Clitoris" and surgically "restore pleasure" to African women who have suffered forced clitoral excision, or female genital mutilation. The fact that such atrocities are committed against African women is of course very real, and not one bit funny. But this website -- well, that's another story.
Link to Clitoraid, which rhymes with Clonaid and Stemaid, any of which would probably pair nicely with Gatorade when you've just stepped onto a hot planet like the one pictured at left. (thanks, numlok)
Reader comment: Daniel V. Klein says,
I sent a pointer to
the site cited in this post to my Mother, and she said:
"Hard to tell. The background info is pretty accurate, but restoring
the clitoral nerve is nonsense. I assume it's a money making scheme.
Sleazy way to make a buck."
You might say "ordinarily, I love reader comments", but my Mom is one of the
preeminent researchers and writers on FGM. You can check her credentials
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