What’s the new best way to stop your teenage daughter from becoming unpure by having pre-marital sex? Why, hold her down and forcibly pierce her genitalia of course! According to the Associated Press:
A woman who had her 13-year-old daughter’s genitalia pierced to make it uncomfortable for her to have sex was acquitted of aggravated child abuse on Thursday.
The girl, now 16, had testified that her mother asked a friend in 2004 to shave the girl’s head to make her unattractive to boys and later held her down for the piercing.
A jury deliberated for about three hours before deciding the mother’s actions didn’t involve punishment or malicious intent, or cause permanent damage or disfigurement.
So let me get this straight: genital mutilation in order to prevent teenage sexual expression is OK, but healthy teenage sexuality is not?* Boggles the mind.
Full disclosure: in this case, there are allegations that the girl was being molested by the mother’s boyfriend, sparking the mother’s response. Whether or not this is true, it doesn’t change the court outcome.