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About Lisa Wade

Lisa Wade holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. in human sexuality from New York University. She is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her at her blog, Sociological Images, as well as on Twitter and Facebook. You can read more of her work on American discourses about female genital cutting at her personal website

Articles by Lisa Wade

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

American arrogance and the movement to end 'female genital mutilation'

‘Female genital mutilation’ is widely condemned, yet the phrase—as well as the narrative of ‘dark Africa’ that it reflects—undermines efforts to reduce rates of cutting. 

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