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Facebook Controversy Draws Attention to 'Virginity Testing'
Date:10/23/2013

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) October 23, 2013

Religion expert D.M. Murdock has announced that her Facebook account was "permanently disabled" after she inadvertently uploaded a photograph of African girls enduring "exploitative virginity testing." Murdock, who also describes herself as a "lifelong student of anthropology," states that the Facebook closure, although unwelcome, will help draw much-needed attention to a "humiliating and sexist tradition that plagues millions of women and girls worldwide."

An independent scholar of religion, mythology, archaeology and anthropology also known by the pen-name "Acharya S," Murdock discovered on Friday, October 18, that her Facebook account had been suspended the day after she posted a photojournalist image showing a row of young African girls lying on the ground in public, wearing minimal clothing, while adults engage in "invasive examination of their genitalia."

Ms. Murdock points out that this practice has occurred for centuries in many countries, often justified by religion and committed to determine whether or not a female is a "virgin," frequently for the purpose of marriage, impregnation and/or slavery. After these mass examinations, the girls may be marked on the forehead with clay to indicate their "purity" and/or receive "certificates of virginity."

Murdock calls this practice "sexist, degrading and humiliating," asserting that "millions of females globally are at risk for this abuse." She also points out that the "intrusive and demeaning procedure" surfaced in Egypt durin
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