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Stars and Sexual Mutilation

"A song for human rights I can do." - Singer Carly Bryant

Clockwise from top left: Carly Bryant, Suzanne Vega, Ani Difranco and Joan Baez
Clockwise from top left: Carly Bryant, Suzanne Vega, Joan Baez and Ani Difranco

(PARIS, France) - I spoke to Joan Baez at the end of her 21 March 2006 Paris concert in Le grand Rex. I had been waiting for her at the artist exit.

Joan Baez in 2006

After her formidable singing for at least two hours with an as powerful voice as when young, we glanced at each other over the barrier made by her nervous bodyguards (I heard them saying that someone wanted to murder her). I had the most fantastic eye orgasm of my life: not a love stream (cf. John Cassavetes's movie), a love river, at least the Nile..., an extreme enjoyment, the "time of my life", like never before and probably after...

As she was passing a meter from me, I told her: "Mrs. Baez, I have come to ask you to say a few words in a movie against sexual mutilation." (that a French intactivist was making). She passed me by as if without hearing. I felt left out. I then tried to give her a letter against sexual mutilation, asking her to sing against it but, refusing to sign autographs to the three dozens of persons who had been queuing to talk to her, she abruptly went away in a roaring limousine. I had had the opportunity to give my letter to a member of her team; she never answered.

Suzanne Vega

A few years after, at the end of her show in La Cigale, I spoke with Suzanne Vega, addressing her a similar request; asking her to put in music my poem "For the rights of the child". We shook hands dearly but I never got an answer.

The year later, I gave the same letter to a member of Ani Difranco's team (she wouldn't speak to the people after her concert in the same place). No answer either!

At last, 23 July 2011, in my daily walk in the Latin Quarter, I dropped upon Carly Bryant busking at the cross-roads of rue de la Harpe and Rue Saint Séverin. I had a beautifully sweet time; mere enchantment. As I was amazed, the Chinese manager of the restaurant who was listening next to me taught me: "This is soul music, real good."

Ani Difranco

He couldn't notice the very sweet and long, obviously shared this time, love stream between Carly and I ("love at first sight"), my next after Joan Baez six years before. At the end of her gig, holding the 5 Euros of her CD out to her, I told her: "That was brilliant (I didn't know her name yet!), could I have a CD, please."

Carly Bryant

Later on, I sent her an e-mail with the same request as to the three preceding stars.

She answered this:

"A song for human rights I can do."

She did it; no one has heard it yet, it is called "H.E.L.P., part 2", with the same magnificent music as "H.E.L.P. - part 1":

And Carly fights sexual mutilation without sexist discrimination; see the image she adopted in her photo album (fourth row):

I'm solemnly asking all intactivists around the world, particularly the feminists, to invite her to sing it.

Sigismond (Michel Hervé Navoiseau-Bertaux)

Michel Hervé Navoiseau-Bertaux (Sigismond) is the author of "Sexual mutilation: excision, circumcision, the victims' point of view", for free at; he is an Independent psychoanalysis researcher (Chercheur indépendant en psychanalyse) based in Paris, France, who works with to help raise awareness of the massive societal problems connected to the blindly accepted, mutilating practice of circumcision. He says, "Non violence is as fundamental as violence, love and hatred, justice and injustice. But power is at the tip of the tongue and the sweet violence of speech, if one takes hold of it, can silence weapons."

(La non violence est aussi fondamentale que la violence, l'amour et la haine, le juste et l'injuste. Mais le pouvoir est au bout de la langue et la douce violence de la parole, si l'on s'en empare, peut faire taire les armes.)

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Sigismond (Michel Hervé Navoiseau-B April 26, 2012 6:24 am (Pacific time)

I was born 5.04.1947 and Joan 9.01.1941, so that she's only 6 years older that I. The problem is that she was bred a Quaker, which is one of these very puritan American sects. Now, I'm afraid I said: "sexual mutilation" to her, whereas Anglo-Saxons are used to speak of genital mutilation (which is medically improper). Therefore, I can understand her too; my formulation must have shocked a little, which may account for the silence of the great human right activist. Let us recall that, contrary to Jane Fonda, she didn't pose for a photo with anti-aircraft guns; she went and sing for Hanoï people during the bombing.

Richard Matteoli April 20, 2012 6:09 am (Pacific time)

Great Sig. I saw she has your Intactivist image on the link you gave. The one with the word STOP in red and the two figures. It was on the 6th row when my computer came up. I can understand Baez because it is through her psychological Self within her imago Dei. As for the others, who knows. Maybe fearing their future career opportunities.

Elaine Pinot April 12, 2012 4:13 pm (Pacific time)

Really? I think she should have paused and listened to his human rights story. Being a star does not give Baez a license to behave in a squeemish manner while sey claims to care about the human race. That is my opinion.

gp April 12, 2012 6:44 am (Pacific time)

Right...and I once scared the bejeezus out of The Sandinista hero Ernesto Cardenal when I approached hiim for an autograph after a poetry reading. Does this mean he is anti human rights because he didn't engage me in discussiona and hurried away? Give me a break, Joan Baez has been at the forefront of the peace and justice movement since before Sigismond was born. Who is this person?

Sigismond (Michel Hervé Navoiseau-B April 12, 2012 4:13 am (Pacific time)

Thank you, Agron! When do you invite her to gig with you (she's got a T-shirt I offered her)! ! !

Agron Belica April 11, 2012 2:20 am (Pacific time)

Great Post!

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