A single narrative : obscuring difference in the Guardian campaign against female genital cutting
Alyssa Mary Finlay Donahue
December 11, 2015
Department or Program
Heather Ashley Hayes
Female genital cutting (FGC) has become an incontestable atrocity in Western public discourse. Many argue that popular Western advocacy against the practice tends to denigrate FGC cultures and to reduce genitally cut women to voiceless victims. In 2014, British newspaper the Guardian joined the fight against FGC with the launch of its "End Female Genital Mutilation Global Media Campaign." Drawing on postcolonial criticism and political scientist Sanjay Seth’s theory of liberalism’s intolerance of difference, this thesis argues that the Guardian campaign authorizes only one condemning narrative of FGC that obscures all others. Through this single narrative model, the campaign usurps the agency of the same women it seeks to liberate.