The New York Times interviewed Ayaan Hirsi Ali about her new book, Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations.
A couple parts of the exchange are below.
This is just a sampling of how horrific Islamic societies can be:
Your own life has been a case study in female subjugation. At age 5, you underwent genital mutilation under the supervision of your Somalian grandmother. Did that include stitching you shut?Of course I had the stitch-up part. If your family is convinced that you should remain a virgin until your wedding night, they’re going to apply the approach where you get sewed.
You were expected to enter into an arranged marriage with a cousin of yours.
I just looked at him and told my father, I don’t want to marry him. He said, “My child, your presence is not required.” He went on and conducted the marriage without me.
Horrific at all levels.