We don’t need the Kony2012 campaign to know that well-intentioned human rights activism can sometimes be misguided. Here’s another fine example:
Female genital mutilation is indeed a horrific practise that robs women of their sexual pleasure, and of a lot more as well. But how exactly does it help to rid the world of FGM when you publish images that clearly dehumanize and objectify women? (I guess the woman here is supposed to be made of stone and hence “stone cold”…). Does it not confirm those who inflict FGM on women in their opinion that they’re not doing anything wrong? That women are lesser human beings? The most commonly advanced justification of FGM is precisely the need to temper the “animal sexuality” of women. This kind of activism is almost certainly self-defeating.