LITERARY QUOTE #06: 'Unanswered Cries'

Does cutting a person’s tongue reduce his appetite for food or his enjoyment of it?” – Olabisi Jones.

Explanation: 
Olabisi Jones raises this question as a response to Salaam Sesay’s opinion that circumcising Olabisi could have reduced her appetite for having sex, hence reducing the possibility of her involvement in love affairs before the proper age.
The interesting aspect in this reaction is the fact Olabisi tries to defend; the fact that any normal person should eat in whatever way. This means circumcising girls (just like cutting one’s tongue) is not the only way to make them stop eating (having sex). Olabisi seems to support any other way that can be applied to make the girls remain chaste, not only circumcising them.
Relevant Themes/Issues:
The issues that are associated with this quotation are:
- Female Genital Mutilation
- Violation of human rights
African traditions
- Oppression
- Humiliation
- Death
- Inhumanity.

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Resource
Conteh, O (2002) Unanswered Cries, Macmillan Publishers Limited.



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