Female genital mutilation and postcolonial struggles are in fact intimately and historically linked.
Empire and Colonialism
Both anti-discrimination and pro-gay activists appeal to features of a pre-colonial past.
It is a curious and powerful discursive move to link the murder of hundreds of people in Nigeria to the vaguely described suffering of British queer people.
The legacy of imperial Victorian sexual mores continue to haunt the lives of gay people in India and large parts of former British colonies.
Robert Baden-Powell, Cecil Rhodes and Lawrence of Arabia have three things in common.
Nineteenth-century British imperial imaginaries took great delight in expressing the terror of, and a morbid fascination with, hijra bodies.