The Girl with Three Legs; A Memoir

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  • Format: Trade Book
  • Copyright: 2011-10-01
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press

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Having experienced firsthand the horror of female genital mutilation (FGM), Soraya Mire reveals the personal violation and immense challenges she overcame. This book is at once an intimate revelation, a testament to the empowerment of women, and an indictment of the violent global oppression of women and girls. This forthright narrative recounts what it means to grow up female in a traditional Somali family, where girls' and women's basic human rights are violated on a daily basis. Forced into an arranged marriage to an abusive older cousin, Mire was also witness to the instability of Somalia's political landscape--her father was a general in the military dictatorship of Siad Barre. In her journey to recover from the violence done to her, Mire realizes FGM is the ultimate child abuse, a ritual of mutilation handed down from mother to daughter and protected by the word "culture." Despite the violations she endured, her words resonate with hope, humanity, and dignity. Her life story is truly one of inspiration and redemption.

Author Biography

Soraya Miré is a human rights activist, a filmmaker, and a survivor of and spokesperson against the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). Her documentary film Fire Eyes, which explored the socioeconomic, psychological, and medical problems associated with FGM on a global scale, was shown at the Sundance Film Festival, the International Women's Conference in Beijing, the World Population Summit in Cairo, and the United Nations in Geneva and is used internationally as the definitive educational film on the topic of FGM. She has appeared in The Vagina Monologues and has been interviewed on Oprah, CNN, ABC’s Nightline, BET, and NPR. Articles about her activism have appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Chicago Tribune, Essence, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and Variety. She is the recipient of the United Nations Humanitarian Award. She lives in Los Angeles. Eve Ensler is the author of The Vagina Monologues, a theatrical and publishing sensation that sold more than half a million copies worldwide and has been translated into 27 languages. Winner of a Guggenheim and Obie award, she is the cofounder and guiding spirit of V-day, an international movement to fight violence against women and girls. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

prefacep. xi
prologuep. 3
a daughter of Africa, 1960-1979p. 7
new beginning 9
whispering voicesp. 17
smoke rising from her earsp. 30
white turban manp. 30
p. 37
the girl with three legsp. 40
the secret house and the ghost housep. 45
the sound of the scissorsp. 54
betrayalp. 63
learning to walk againp. 70
mysteriesp. 76
the sheikhap. 82
asra's elopement and mother's painp. 88
boots marchirig to ogadenp. 94
arousal transactionsp. 99
the da vinci hotelp. 104
the overpriced vaginap. 109
an imprisoned wife, 1979-1984p. 113
the limping onep. 115
thetwisted: tonguep. 118
the smoke screenp. 126
the quelling penep. 131
incapacitated statep. 135
the kohl eyes onep. 138
moving away from bedlamp. 143
time to burst forthp. 148
grenoblep. 155
the feared mutantp. 159
distorted bodyp. 165
the black swanp. 169
mending the woundsp. 176
Amoving away from'perditionp. 180
the diderot restaurantp. 185
the coffee shopp. 188
the courtesanp. 196
squeezing the vaginal wallsp. 201
flowers and footstepsp. 207
white sugar!p. 316
the four breastsp. 221
going with the flowp. 227
the dark holep. 236
father's illnessp. 240
the crushing weightp. 250
a nation of bards, 1984-21011p. 255
the angelinosp. 357
the ecclesiastical pathp. 266
bold movesp. 272
the relinquishmentp. 278
the path to fire eyesp. 283
bloodshedp. 392
tailing the dreamp. 300
rockefellerp. 506
achievingthe impossiblep. 513
beatingyou to the punchp. 322
tremor and the indie pilgrimagep. 328
breakawayp. 333
going for the goldp. 340
father's shroudingp. 348
bhadrakalip. 355
lifeworkp. 361
epiloguep. 369
acknowledgmentsp. 373
resourcesp. 376
indexp. 379
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