i will not assume
what man can assume he is intact
when his existence
by a cruelty so profound
that even he
who bears the scars
is too ashamed to
face the awful truth
look at what they did to me
Every day more and more men realize that what was done to their bodies was, in fact, Genital Mutilation. Remember, denial ain't just a river in Africa. I understand the need for denial; it's a natural mechanism that protects us for the harshness of reality, but who are we really protecting?
It's easy for people to make excuses when we use a Latin word for what they did to our bodies. The time for excuses is over. Men, it isn't easy to admit the bitter truth to ourselves, but for those of us that do, the freedom we experience is well worth the pain of discovery.
Awareness raising on topics of genital autonomy in Washington D.C.
Also by Dulin:
Stop using the Latin word for Genital Mutilation
Genital Mutilation Doesn't Only Happen to Women
Bearing Silent Witness in Boston: Male Genital Mutilation
Circumcised? Get over it!