america Britain 

Progressive mutilation of British values

At long last, someone has been convicted in Britain of female genital mutilation (FGM), a crime that has been on the statute book since 1985. A Ugandan woman was found guilty last week of mutilating the private parts of her three-year-old daughter. Although tens of thousands of such atrocities are said to have taken place in Britain, only three other prosecutions have been brought, all of which ended in acquittal. There is said to be great reluctance to report this practice within communities which ostracise whistleblowers. That, though, is not…

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women Culture wars 

Sexual harassment in public places

Sexual harassment in public places Following what I had written about the #MeToo uproar, I was invited to give evidence this week to the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee which has been looking at the culture of sexual harassment of women and girls in public places. My fellow panellists were David Austin, CEO of the British Board of Film Classification; Professor Clare McGlynn of Durham university, a legal expert on pornography and sexual violence; and Dr Maddy Coy, a researcher on sexualisation and media, University of Florida. You…

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