I found this post by Nnedi Okorafor a necessary push-back against a certain kind of intolerant reaction to the author writing about female genital cutting in her new novel.
First of all, I speak about what I choose to speak about. Letâ€™s see you try to stop me. Secondly, if writers only wrote about what theyâ€™d experienced, then few people would write about wizards and unicorns. Thirdly, letâ€™s be honest here, you can lace the practice of female genital cutting with whatever elaborate stories, myths and traditions you want. What it all boils down to (and I believe the creators of this practice KNEW this even a thousand years ago) is the removal of a womanâ€™s ability to properly enjoy the act of sex. Again, this is about the control and suppression of women.
Go check it out.