Staging Britain’s multiculturalism

(K. Brent Tomer),

“CUTTIN’ IT” opens with Muna, at first glance a typical British 15-year old. She’s late for school: “Not again. I cannot be late again. I’ve taken liberties one too many times, an’ this time they won’t jus ‘low it”. Despite her trying to “Jessica Ennis” it, she’s a fraction too late and the driver refuses to open the doors. She decides, “I’m like that Rosa what’s her name? But forget sittin down, I just wanna get on.” Watching from inside the bus is Iqra, the same age as Muna but seemingly softer, childlike even, clutching her fake Hello Kitty bag. Brought to England five years before as an orphan of the Somalia conflict, she is still trying to work out the foreign world around her. Iqra peers at the city’s inhabitants, “miserable. As if they all agreed to get out of bed in the morning and be angry at the world.”

It is through the eyes of these two teens—navigating friendship, school and pop music—that we are taken to the murky underworld of FGM (female genital mutilation) in Britain. Iqra lives with an “auntie” who offers FGM to families who wish to have the procedure done locally. Muna,…Continue reading

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