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Post by Ben Reilly on Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:43 am

An African practice of “ironing” a girl’s chest with a hot stone to delay breast formation is spreading in the UK, with anecdotal evidence of dozens of recent cases, a Guardian investigation has established.

Community workers in London, Yorkshire, Essex and the West Midlands have told the Guardian of cases in which pre-teen girls from the diaspora of several African countries are subjected to the painful, abusive and ultimately futile practice.

Margaret Nyuydzewira, head of the diaspora group the Came Women and Girls Development Organisation (Cawogido), estimated that at least 1,000 women and girls in the UK had been subjected to the intervention. There has been no systematic study or formal data collection exercise.

Revealed: 'dozens' of girls subjected to breast-ironing in UK

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/jan/26/revealed-dozens-of-girls-subjected-to-breast-ironing-in-uk

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Post by HoratioTarr on Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:43 am

Yet another cruel practice rooted in a woman's subjugation to men. Makes me fucking sick.
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Post by Raggamuffin on Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:53 am

Some people are just mad or thick. They shouldn't be allowed near girls.

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Post by Syl on Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:06 pm

I think mine possibly need ironing now for different reasons...., but leave young girls breasts alone fgs.

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Post by Original Quill on Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:52 pm

I wonder how it works. Does the heat destroy sub-dermis tissue? Does it leave lesions? Curious.

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Post by Raggamuffin on Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:59 pm

Original Quill wrote:I wonder how it works.  Does the heat destroy sub-dermis tissue?  Does it leave lesions?  Curious.

It probably doesn't work.

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Post by Vintage on Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:27 pm

How much more are girls to be subjected to, forced marriage, saw a programme last night, FGM,  beatings to show support for the men in your family so that they will be obliged to care for you if widowed, married to your rapist, stoned, hung or burned because your family or husband think you may have looked at another man, or there's not enough dowry. What a world we live in.

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Post by HoratioTarr on Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:37 pm

Vintage wrote:How much more are girls to be subjected to, forced marriage, saw a programme last night, FGM,  beatings to show support for the men in your family so that they will be obliged to care for you if widowed, married to your rapist, stoned, hung or burned because your family or husband think you may have looked at another man, or there's not enough dowry. What a world we live in.

Terribly isn't it? All these centuries and still the fight goes on.
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Post by HoratioTarr on Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:39 pm

Raggamuffin wrote:
Original Quill wrote:I wonder how it works.  Does the heat destroy sub-dermis tissue?  Does it leave lesions?  Curious.

It probably doesn't work.

That's what I was thinking. But apparently it can cause tumours, cysts and cancer.
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Post by eddie on Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:58 pm

That is just...beyond reasoning.

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Post by Original Quill on Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:29 pm

The article said one mother was questioned:

she said, describing a practice whereby mothers, aunties or grandmothers use a hot stone to massage across the breast repeatedly in order to “break the tissue” and slow its growth.

and another paragraph says:

The child developed bruising

But then the article goes on to intertwine the story with genital mutilation, and issues around that.

I'm just interested in what effect it was having.

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