Djita beamed as she told me she considers this one of the greatest honors in her life. She had never attended school. As for her girls, she thinks 15 or 16 is a more appropriate age for marriage because this would at least allow them to complete ninth grade. In some places, designated cutters remove the clitoris as well as the inner and outer labia, and then stitch up the wound with thorns or some other unsanitary suture. I think she may be underestimating the full power of female education. I found this to be the case during my Peace Corps service in Kyrgyzstan as well, where my female students were content to play mother with younger siblings and neighbor kids until they could start having children themselves. Teningue, the second wife, expressed a desire to fill out her side of the family with six or seven children. But when asked, Senomou cracked open a wide smile and praised female solidarity.