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The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by lawrenzi(m): 8:21pm On Oct 08, 2016
In all my years as an African, I can say I have heard of some barbaric things some Africans do but never this (breast ironing). I know you will wonder how far true this is. Africans have always taken pride in their bodies and this is hard for me to believe, that in some part of Africa and indeed Britain, this Babaric, archaic, denounced and outrageous tradition still exist.

Breast ironing is a process of getting a girl child’s “ironed” by her mother in a bid to stop them from growing so that they won’t attract male attention. It is the brutal flattening of a young girl’s developing chest to ‘protect her from rape and sexual harassment.Those who implement the practice tend to believe it will stop a girl from being raped and that it is for her ‘safety’. It is the process using objects like large stones, hammers or a spatulas, spoon that has been heated over hot coals to compress or mutilate the breast tissue and make the adolescent look less ‘womanly’.

1. Breast ironing is practised throughout Cameroon and has also been reported across West and Central Africa, in Benin, Chad, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Kenya, Togo, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. In South Africa, a similar practice is known as “breast sweeping”.

2. It has also been alleged that the practice is also carried out in some parts of Britain since there is no Law that stops parent from ironing the breast of their daughter(s). It is estimated thousands of girls in African communities in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Luton, Nottingham, Leicester, Sheffield and Leeds may be exposed to the ritual, which usually happens in the family home.

3. According to a Cameroonian doctor Flavien Ndonko he said: “Breast ironing is both physically and psychologically damaging. It can cause infections and abscesses and has been linked to breast cancer, problems with breastfeeding, and severe depression.”

4. It has also been claimed that breast ironing has not stopped teenage pregnancy in the areas where this practice is carried out, for example the case of cathy who underwent breast ironing for the first time at the age of ten, it did not however stop her from getting pregnant at the age of 16 and leaving school.

5. The united Nation estimates the perpetrators of this acts are the mothers of the victims.

My view
The truth is that in trying to protect them from assault from boys presumably, they are actually assaulting them, two wrongs cannot make a right, a lot of people have asked the question “why” are they doing this, which I see as a misplace of question because it is neither here nor there, my view is that it shouldn’t be done in the first place, parent who are found guilty of this barbaric act should be charged to court and made to face persecution.

It has been noted that while suppressing the development of the breat, it also exposes the girl child to numerous health implications such as dissymmetry of the breast, infections, cancer itching, discharge of milk and lots more.
The victims are most likely to experience cysts, severe fever, tissue damage and disappearance of one or both breasts, to make matter worse, it does not stop sexual activity, any girl child who will engage in sexual promiscuity will still do it irrespective of what her getting her breast ironed or not. It is better to give sex education to their child as early as possible.
http://www.lawrenzi.com/2016/10/08/the-dangers-of-breast-ironing/

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by Paulpaulpaul(m): 8:32pm On Oct 08, 2016
Nairaland is another university, I've never heard this before oooo

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by patwhizkid(f): 9:02pm On Oct 08, 2016
^^seriously! smiley

Breast ironing? And some people are looking for breast angry

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by Sharon6(f): 7:47pm On Oct 09, 2016
The first time I read about this I was totally Short of words and this barbaric practice doesn't stop early pregnancy so why make your daughter go through such inhumane rubbish all in the name of protection.





GET RID OF STRETCH MARKS, CHECK MY SIGNATURE!

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by RaeMystix(f): 7:47pm On Oct 09, 2016
Breast Ironing?. This is some cave Man Crap

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by DozieInc(m): 7:47pm On Oct 09, 2016
Nothing person no go hear, breast ironing kwa.

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by YorubaDemon(m): 7:48pm On Oct 09, 2016
where berlynn
Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by Nobody: 7:49pm On Oct 09, 2016
As vast as I am, I am hearing this for the first time....

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by naijainfogalery: 7:50pm On Oct 09, 2016
which one be breast ironing again?

I can imagine all this naiaraland boys going to apply for breast ironing jobs in Cameroon grin

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by carlosta: 7:50pm On Oct 09, 2016
They wanto stop us but e no work
Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by ammyluv2002(f): 7:50pm On Oct 09, 2016
Breast ironing ke? shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by hemartins(m): 7:50pm On Oct 09, 2016
I comment my reserve on this issue.

We learn everyday

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by ghostmist: 7:50pm On Oct 09, 2016
seeing this for the first time...


sometimes I go just dey pity women.

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by RobinRay(m): 7:51pm On Oct 09, 2016
I don't know, maybe, just maybe Africans would have deemed it necessary to train the male child not to over sexualize the female anatomy and stop trying destroy the girl child's biological anatomy with such barbaric acts such as this breast ironing and FGM.
The development of the breast cannot be controlled by non-physical means, whereas the mentality of boys can be easily propagated to see girls as not only objects of sex and domestic work, but as peers, if not equals.

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by kabukabu(m): 7:51pm On Oct 09, 2016
Third world problems!
But seriously this doesn't deserve front page status.. This is just as click baity as you can get, more clicks more ad revenue... Thanks guys.

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by opalu: 7:51pm On Oct 09, 2016
SMH

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by djWALE(m): 7:51pm On Oct 09, 2016
Dem nor dey do yansh ironing?..wetin pesin no go see

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by ebohstepn(m): 7:51pm On Oct 09, 2016
Is kind of thing do not happen in West Africa.....
Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by Peacetemi: 7:52pm On Oct 09, 2016
grin grin grin grin grin

Why is Dija on my mind?

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by nzgal: 7:52pm On Oct 09, 2016
Paulpaulpaul:
Nairaland is another university, I've never heard this before oooo

Real University, I tell u

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by dunmorris(m): 7:52pm On Oct 09, 2016
lipsrsealed
Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by OLAplusONE(m): 7:53pm On Oct 09, 2016
Barbaric act it is, why not seek the consent of the young girl before such.......isshh
Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by lenone: 7:53pm On Oct 09, 2016
hmm
Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by walegee(m): 7:53pm On Oct 09, 2016
Wicked act..
Are girls nt meant to be attractive?just saying

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by opethom(m): 7:53pm On Oct 09, 2016
sad
Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by Lucialovely(f): 7:53pm On Oct 09, 2016
shocked have never heard of it o

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by dollyjoy(f): 7:54pm On Oct 09, 2016
Devilish practice. Iron breast ke? Godforbid

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by orlarbissy(f): 7:54pm On Oct 09, 2016
This is serious, I have never heard of breast ironing.
Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by Nobody: 7:54pm On Oct 09, 2016
That act is so barbaric. Ffs, this is 2016

orlarbissy:
This is serious, I have never heard of breast ironing.
like for real?
Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by PunterTim(m): 7:54pm On Oct 09, 2016
Just when you think you've heard it all!

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by ikennaf1(m): 7:54pm On Oct 09, 2016
Women are their own problems.
From female circumcision to breast ironing to head shaving to everything you can think of. Look at the pic and you will see its a woman doing that to another.

After feminists will be having nightmare over men.

Mtcheeew

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Re: The Dangers Of Breast Ironing by Chosen1984: 7:54pm On Oct 09, 2016
WETIN WE NO GO HEAR FOR THIS BUHARI GOVERNED NIGERIA??

GOD PLEASE HAVE MERCY

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