The film begins with some alarming statistics regarding the spread of female genital mutilation. It's not just a problem in Africa or in Arab lands. It's a problem in Europe too. Not least in countries like Great Britain and Germany. In fact, as the film says, it is now a world problem.
Five "courageous, intelligent and independent women break the taboos of silence and shame that their societies and/or their religions with their archaic and patriarchal structures have imposed upon them.
"With incredible positive energy and strength Deborah Feldman, Leyla Hussein, Rokudenashiko, Doris Wagner and Vithika Yadav" courageously show the way forward.
In the picture above a group Kenyan women courageously decide to break with tradition and form a circle which cannot be broken. They will spare their daughters the shame and pain of female genital mutilation.
The technical details of the ancient Egyptian practice were effectively demonstrated using a giant vagina moulded from different colours of plasticine was presented and cut to pieces by a woman armed with a knife and a pair of giant scissors.
First comes a so-called "grade 1 cut" where the clitoris is removed and finally a "grade 3 cut" where the whole vagina is removed and the subsequent hole is tied up with string and a giant needle to make it smaller.
The shock and horror on the faces of the young men who witnessed the demonstration was surely a sign of hope.
One muslim woman said: I don't know which mutilation I had to undergo. I've never had the courage to look.
Deborah Feldman, a member of a Jewish sect forced into an arranged marriage, told how for years she hadn't seen her own body since she was a child. She had to dress and undress so that "not even the ceiling would see" her body. At the end of the film she walks into the sea clad in a holy garment that only a Jewish man is allowed to wear. With this act of defiance she claims back her own body.
Doris Wagner, a one time nun, tells how she was raped by members of Roman Catholic clergy.
And how her two letters to the pope went unanswered.
The Japanese artist, Rokudenashiko, takes impressions of her vagina. and with the aid of a 3D copier constructs a plastic boat in the shape of a vagina. She is charged with obscenity. And has to appear before the court. In her defence she points to the myriad of sex toys on sale throughout Japan. The judge rules that her vagina boat is an example of pop art. One small victory for common sense.
In India, where women are beaten and raped every day, there's a festival where men walk through the streets with a giant penis. A counter movement is started by Vithika Yadav. With street theatre and red t-shirts they bring their situation to public attention.
The above are just a few examples of women's courage taken from the film #FEMALEPLEASURE. Hopefully we will soon witness a new dawn for millions of women and their daughters. And for future evolution of all mankind.
You can go to the official trailer via the link below.