I am proud and moved that James Loewen has chosen to use the ‘Just a Snip’ illustration by Svend Eide Joensen of a cross tattooed to a child’s forehead to illustrate this remarkable example of intactivism. Karen Kelly Glennon demonstrates how knowledgeable respectful communication about genital mutilation can move a person, who is initially very convinced of his stand on the issue. See the video below and take the chance to check out some of the other great videos James has posted on the channel. It’s highly informative.
Oppose religious branding. Say no to genital mutilation aka circumcision. Design by Svend Eide Joensen
Picketing against genital mutilation aka circumcision (both male and female) is sometimes somewhat of a Sisyphus task (you know, ancient Greek guy doomed to push a rock up a mountain slope in eternity only to see it rolling down again) a lot of hard work and not much to show for your effort.
That’s why I decided to employ memes to do the job. I had a gut feeling that they would be much more effective at catching people’s immediate attention than anything I could write and then maybe, just maybe, I would be able to enter into dialogue with people and be able to persuade one or two to denounce the barbaric practice of cutting into children’s genitals.
I went to the task with great enthusiasm and quickly produced a cute meme with the most precious thing we have in our lives – children.
It is cute isn’t it?
I shared it on our page http://www.facebook.com/justasnip and quite a few places on facebook and Twitter and was pleased to see that it took off quite fast. Within 24 hours I registered that it was shared just about a hundred places. By conservative estimate that gives it a reach of approximately 5.000 people.
That inspired a friend of mine, Svend Eide Joensen, to make a meme of his own.
A powerful message right?
I posted it to our page and several other places 2 days ago, just like I did with the previous meme. And looked forward to seeing it reach the same levels of fame as the one I made (after a day or two) and it did – within minutes! 12 hours later it had reached an estimated 100.000+ people. It is a powerful message indeed.
The number was reached by adding up the number of views, likes, comments and shares we could access on all the channels we had posted the meme to. Each facebook user has an average of 150 friends, if a third of them see the meme and perhaps 0,2-0,5% share…. Well, there you have it 100.000+ heads turned in 12 hours for the noble cause of keeping children intact world wide.
This will not be the last powerful meme from Just a Snip – on the contrary! – we have found our path.
male genital mutilation (MGM) female genital mutilation (FGM) human rights health benefits sexual dysfunction or some other issue close to your heart
wrack your brain and come up with an ingenious wording – short, concise and to the point. An intact body is a human right – regardless of gender, cultural background and parents religion.
Send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org and if you are lucky Svend Eide Joensen or one of our other great designers will transform your text to the next great meme for the cause.