Sexual Politics

Madonna Calls Out Gay Men’s Misogyny In Out Interview

Long Ring Finger Traits Similar Between Men & Women In Business

Jennifer Lawrence Calls Photo Hack A Sex Crime | $100 Million Lawsuit Threat Finally Prompts Google Action


Lea Seydoux Seduces In Lui Magazine Relaunch, Lensed By Mario Sorrenti


Victoria’s Secret Angels have Appeared Often In GQ & Esquire



Islam, Western Guilt, Original Sin & Sensuality | Koray Birand’s Alyssa Miller Images Celebrate Female Eroticism

Loving Relationships | 32 Health Benefits of Sex

American Culture Promotes Female Sexual Dysfunction

For Sister Margaret Farley Responsible Pleasure Is Not a Sin

Strong American Results in Female Sexual Desire Drug

Self Love Is Saying ‘No’ to Fashion Body Images You Hate

Saint Shakira Calls Libido the “Engine of the World”

Male Ego, Women Faking Orgasms & Sensual Chaos in Our Bedrooms

‘Pretty Boy’ Andrej Pejic Talks Sex, Love & Leaving His Gender to ‘Artistic Interpretation’

Find Your Sensual, Sovereign Self with Lone Morch in Paris


Tara, Candice & Robyn | Steven Meisel | Vogue Italia June 2011 | ‘Belle vere’

Franca Sozzani on Curvy Girls, Sensuality & More Body Types in Fashion

Givenchy Transgender Model Lea T Stars in French Vogue (2010)

Tom Ford Embraces Natural Breasts, Not Bombshells

Orgasmic Female Brain in ‘La Petite Mort’

Ever Woman Should Own Jordan Matters’ ‘Uncovered’

Men More Likely Than Women To First Look at Face in Porn Films

Selita Ebanks | Kanye West ‘Runaway’ Full Video Embedded

The Great Wall of Vagina | Learning to Love Our Genitalia

Body Talk | Owning Vulvas, Clits & G-Spots

Mysteries of the Garden of Eden’ | History Channel | In Latin Apple Means Evil

Sexy Doublespeak | American Women & Sexual Honesty

Statistics Say Conservatives Buy More Porn


Women As Muses: What Is Our Place in the Modern World? Or Are We Just ‘Slut Girls’ Today?



Anne of Carversville & Sensuality News do not accept submissions.

« Nicholas Kristof Reports on Women in Congo | Main | Michelle Caruso-Cabrera | iPad = Kotex? »

Charlize Theron Meets Mr Denis Mukwege @ Congo's Panzi Hospital for Raped Women

charlize theron denis mukwege congo panzi hospitalCharlize Theron (left), United Nations Messenger of Peace, is greeted by Dr. Denis Mukwege, Director of Panzi Hospital, during her visit to the hospital. The hospital is located in Bukavu, South Kivu, and specializes in treating victims of sexual violence against women. 30/Mar/2009. Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Marie Frechon. “The indifference the world has shown to the Congo is repulsive,” says Dr. Denis Mukwege, who treats the raped and mutilated women of the Democratic Republic of Congo at Panzi Hospital.

It’s Dr. Mukwege’s position that he’s working in the worst place in the world for women, and none of us care. That’s not true, although I admit that we don’t have good direction on what to do about it. 

Conservative estimates report that more than half a million women have been raped overall, with an average of more than 40 a day in South Kivu. A new offensive by the DRC army and UN forces in March to rid the area of Rwandan FDLR fighters set off a fresh wave of killing and human rights abuses. In the first nine months of 2009, more than 7,000 rape cases were recorded in Kivu. A Human Rights Watch report on the offensive states: “Most of the women and girls were gang raped, some so violently that they later died.”  via London Times

The situation is as devastating as it sounds. Since the mid-19902 more than five million people have been killed by warring militias in the Congo, ethnic tensions and opportunists from many places fighting over the country’s gold reserves and vast mineral wealth.

The Congo is not a poor country, unlike other parts of the world.

women in congo violencevia Flickr’s handyblutDr. Mukwege says the rapes are becoming far worse, not only in frequency but also in duration. He now sees cases of women being raped for 24 hours, 48 hours. This is not an exclusively feminist issue. When children grow up surrounded by violence, they become violators themselves, in spite of their original innocence and nonlethal spirits.

The London Times prints stories like Ruth’s, who was tied to a tree and raped by passing soldiers for several days at a time. Dr. Mukwege was able to restore urinary continence and perform a colostomy on Ruth. She does not have a vagina and believes that she is no longer a woman.

Dr. Mukwege not only treats raped and mutilated women of the Congo but he is helping them transition into a new life in the City of Joy, which is a refuge for women, a place where they can heal, rebuild and learn new skills.

American Eve Ensler recently returned from the Congo, where her involvement is a long one. Interviewed by by NYTimes, Deborah Solomon’s questions are stilted and nonemotive. I get the distinct feeling that she doesn’t like Eve Ensler of Vagina Monologue fame.

The City of Joy sounds like the name of a church.
The desire was to create a name that was not about women’s victimization, but about claiming their future. We’ll have a radio station (we hope). We’ll have a huge field that women will plant to grow their own crops; we’ll have therapy; we’ll have dance; we’ll have theater; and women will come for six months, everything paid.

How does a dance workshop help someone in the midst of a civil war?
Dance has a transformative effect on bodily trauma. When you’ve been raped, the trauma lodges itself in your being. Dance is a surefire way to release it.

You treat everything as a problem of self-esteem, as opposed to a complex set of political and economic problems.
The City of Joy is not going to end the war. But if enough leaders come out of it, maybe they’ll end the war. via NYTimes

The London Times, who gives City of Joy far more credence than the NYTimes quotes V-Day UK as hoping to make the DRC’s conflict over minerals as unacceptable as blood diamonds. I agree and will contact the group to see if Anne of Carversville can assist in any way. I’m following this thread from CNN The new blood diamonds?

Please read our prior articles about the tragic, unbearable plight of women in the Congo. Anne

In 2007 Eve Ensler wrote this article for Glamour magazine: Women Left for Dead — and the Man Who’s Saving Them.

How one man gave Congo’s women hope London Times

APROSAF Midwives in Congo Fuel Lifesaving Rescues with Briquettes

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Sends Message to Women of Congo

Lynn Nottage and Lisa Jackson’s HRW Podcast on Women in Congo

Women in Congo: Imagine This Is Your Life

Girl, 9, One of 200,000 Congo Women Rape Victims, Shares Her Story to CNN

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>