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OPINION
February 20, 2007
FEMALE GENITAL mutilation -- not "female circumcision," a comforting euphemism -- is one of the world's most entrenched and pervasive violations of human rights. Each year an estimated 2 million women and girls, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, Egypt and Sudan, are cut, typically before their 14th birthday. But in the past few years, thousands of villages in Senegal, Egypt and Sudan have abandoned the practice.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2004 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
IT is altogether fitting that the socially progressive Ousmane Sembene, the father of the sub-Saharan cinema, would, with his superb ""Moolaade," make an eloquent protest against the archaic tradition of female "circumcision." It is still practiced in 38 of the 54 African nations recognized by the United Nations, putting at risk an estimated 2 million girls annually, according to the World Health Organization.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2004 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
The day after arresting a self-described "body modification artist" for allegedly conspiring to perform genital mutilations on two girls, federal authorities said they have found no evidence that he had ever done the procedure. But prosecutors say they believe they have enough evidence to prove that Todd Cameron Bertrang, 41, and his companion Robyn Faulkinbury, 24, both of Santa Clarita, illegally conspired to break the federal ban on such procedures.
HEALTH
January 19, 1998 | KATHLEEN DOHENY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even in the sexually permissive '70s, the afflicted often kept quiet. Having genital herpes, after all, was akin to being a social leper. Then along came HIV, which can lead to AIDS, making herpes pale in comparison and pushing it out of our collective consciousness. But the herpes epidemic, far from being over, is getting worse. Today, roughly one in five Americans over age 12--or about 45 million people--is thought to have genital herpes, although most are unaware they have it.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2008 | Robert Lloyd, Times Television Critic
“Testees” is a new situation comedy from FX. Its title is a pun. It debuts tonight. Kenny Hotz created it. He is the Kenny of “Kenny vs. Spenny,” a Comedy Central reality show in which Hotz and his friend Spencer Rice compete with each other to see, for instance, Who Can Sit on a Cow the Longest, Who Makes the Most Convincing Woman, Who Can Smoke More Weed and Who Can Lift the Most Weight with His Genitals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1993 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A little-known, infrequently discussed sexually transmitted disease is coming out of the shadows at Southern California universities, including three campuses in Orange County and at UCLA and USC. Physicians at university health centers say the topic is not pleasant. Even the name of the disease--genital warts--brings nervous reactions from students, the doctors said.
NATIONAL
May 27, 2005 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
Scientists studying the effects of hormone-mimicking chemicals on humans have reported that compounds called phthalates, used in plastics and beauty products and widely found in people, seem to alter the reproductive organs of baby boys. In the first study of humans exposed in the womb to phthalates, the researchers, who examined the genitalia of male babies and toddlers, found a strong relationship between the chemicals and subtle changes in the size and anatomy of the children's genitals.
WORLD
July 3, 2004 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
She is so shy that she can only whisper her story, hiding her mouth behind a clenched fist, never meeting anyone's eye. Dorcas Chelagat, at 13, is one of the most powerless members of her tribe, a child whose value is equal to the dowry price of a few goats and blankets. But shyness sometimes conceals a well of strength. She tells of her journey with 22 other children who defied their elders and parents, who ignored the risk of ridicule, curses and beatings and turned their backs on their homes.
NATIONAL
March 11, 2005 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
A woman who has been subjected to genital mutilation is automatically eligible for asylum in the United States, the federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Thursday. The decision is the second this week from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that has broadened asylum rights. Earlier, the court ruled in favor of asylum claims for men whose wives were subject to forced sterilizations.
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