Female Genital Mutilation
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Also referred to as female circumcision, female genital mutilation refers to procedures involving intentional partial or total removal of the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. It is completely unnecessary, it is an illegal practice causing significant physical, mental and emotional harm. 

Why do you think this is still done in some cultures?
Payton Aquino
I had no idea this existed! How is this even possible? Why would someone do such a thing? I feel when someone is born they should be left the way they are, it should be their choice and nobody else's.
Rachel B.
Um, I didn't know this existed. I thought it was only boys with the circumcising. The hospital I had my sons at told me reasons why a baby boys gets circumcised which had to do with cleanliness and some cultures believe in it. But female circumcision is new to me.
Francine Heykoop
I think there is a big time lack of knowledge on the subject for those people that does mutilation. They think that they do those women a favor I guess, but what a bunch of nuts.
Colene Pefley
This makes me just want to throw up! I don't know how any culture can embrace this as part of their heritage! Harming girls like that should be punishable by death!
Morgan Barker
Female Genital Mutilation is more severe than Male Circumcision, I can agree there. But the point still stands: should we allow male circumcision just because it's less damaging?

They're both horrible things. Neither of them deserve to be around, and I hate that they are.
Pro Shell
In many traditional societies where circumcision is practiced, it is not limited to a single gender. It is considered a rite of passage, a signal to the society that a boy has become a man and a girl has become a woman.
During recovery from circumcision the child or young adult is taken from their family home and housed separately, and from then on will be educated in the matters of adulthood
Kayla Gregory
This is a terrible thing. I remember reading a book where it talked about African girls (that were taken during the wars and made into prostitutes) and this happening to them. FGM really messes everything up and makes intercourse anything but pleasant. The people this has happened to!!
Janet Elder
Wow, I must live under a rock because I have never heard of this before today. A female circumcision? What are people thinking? How can they do this to any woman or girl? I have no clue as to why someone would choose to do this to another human being, it is so wrong on all accounts!
Kate Sander
I've read all the comments/view points and found them all interesting, I myself do think that this is wrong. Having said that, male mutilation/circumcision is wrong too in my opinion.
Sandra Lord
In various cultures, it is done to prevent women from cheating and so that they will not enjoy sex. I personally believe that female genital mutilation is wrong. It is like a torture. A woman has to live the rest of her life like that.
I feel that male circumcision is a different story. It should be done while at the hospital, soon after birth. This ensures that the male will not have a difficult time in personal hygiene.
I would advocate the use of some kind of local anesthetic
when it is performed on a baby.
Brass Knucks Barb
These women that go though this have my heart. They are often held down and have this done to them and its heartbreaking. Any age is a victim where this goes on too. I hope there can be a stop to this.
Sydney Olivarez
Sooo, it's illegal to cut off a females genitals but not a males? what's the difference? News flash people.. There isn't one and this isn't the 1800's anymore stop circumcising your babies.
Amy Ayn
I agree, I think both are horrible and a violation of children's basic human rights when its done. If someone chooses as an adult to undergo such a painful procedure, then that is their choice. Cutting off parts of infant girls AND boys bodies is a crime!
Debra Meilahn
I have seen programs about this and what the girls go through is horrible. I can not believe in this day in age that it is still around.
Mary Kirkland
This is so disgusting and sometimes I cannot believe that this still goes on. I have a problem with male circumcision as well which is why I talked my daughter out of having her son circumcised.
Sherry Clary
I didn't want my son circumcised but my husband insisted. His reasoning was that his son wasn't going to stand out in the school bathroom.
Morgan Barker
I'm confused as to why everyone thinks this is a horrible, disgusting thing (Don't get me wrong, it is), but think that male genital mutilation isn't...
Lauren Andrews
There needs to be stronger protections for american citizens taken abroad to their home countries for the procedure.

Middle eastern and African descent teenagers who currently live in or are CITIZENS of the Unites States are taken out of the country by their families for "vacation" and while there, are 'operated' on.

That's what **** me off more than anything.
Sandra Lord
That is sooo horrible that is done to the teens like that. They think that they are going on a vacation and then are mutilated there. Citizens of the united states, too. The horror and pain that they have to go through...i cannot even imagine.
Colene Pefley
I HATE that extremists compare female circumcision to male circumcision. I don't think either should be socially acceptable, but cutting off a piece of foreskin is different than cutting OFF a ****, ****, and in some cases, sewing the **** shut. It is horrible, and makes it impossible to ever enjoy sex. Makes me cry just thinking about it. Why does anyone think it is ok to mutilate a human being's genitalia in the first place?
Colene Pefley
I don't understand why there is a subject called "female genital mutilation" and you can't even use the proper, medical terms for body parts. Those words aren't dirty, they are scientific!
Morgan Barker
Perhaps male circumcision is of a lesser severity but other than that how do they differ? They're both genital mutilation, there's no denying that.
Pro Shell
Could you possibly expand on your feelings, I would love to hear more about how you feel about this topic.
Candina Szabo
ugh this sound so horrible i would never and i can not understand how some cultures think this is okay
Nancy Cooley
I first heard about female genital mutilation or circumcision when I read a book by the author Alice Walker who also wrote The Color Purple. I also saw an HBO special on this subject. It was shocking to me. It is just so brutal and dehumanizing and I never understood why anyone in any of those countries that practice this would find this to be a necessary procedure to do to young girls. People who perform this type of thing should be prosecuted in my opinion--or maybe they should have one of their body parts cut off so that they would know what it felt like.
Tanya Phillip
Nancy, It is dehumanising and humiliating experience and worst more due to the physical and psychological effects it has on the victims. Ironically, most of the older women who perform this also went through this procedure and advocate for it. Like I wrote in my comment it is a very strong belief in some communities.
Nancy Cooley
Yes, and it was very surprising and upsetting to me that it was the older women in the village who were performing some of those mutilations. And even more disturbing was the fact that sometimes those girls would become infected and die from having that procedure done with a rusty or unclean knife, according to the program I watched about it. I'll never understand how the older women could advocate for something that they know is a horrible thing due to the fact that they themselves had also had the procedure done when they were young girls. I'd heard that if the girls in certain villages didn't have this procedure done, they would be considered unclean and unfit for marriage. It's amazing that females are expected to have this done to them yet the males get to keep all of their body parts. This is nothing more than psychotic brainwashing and it's a shame that the people in those villages allow themselves to fall victim to those psychological games.
Samantha Barney
Um... the males don't get to keep all of their body parts, at similar ages males undergo male circumcision with the same kind of rusty unclean knife. Watched one special where the young man had to stay alone in a dirty hut in the wilderness for three days after his circumcision, if he lived he was considered a man.
Tanya Phillip
Very true Samantha, some ethnic groups especially in Africa carry out male circumcision at teenage hood, it marks a kind of initiating ceremony into adulthood for the males, however most do it at birth for the males. My own sons were circumcisied at birth after 8 days in the hospital.
Pro Shell
I suggest you take a look at my post above. This is based on what I recall from my Religion an Culture course back in college, we discussed male and female genital mutilation at the time.
Tanya Phillip
This is mainly a cultural / traditional practice. It used to be referred to as female circumcision and in my country done at birth. My sisters and I were lucky, our Father was a radical and broad minded individual, he did not allow this for us, thanks to his association with some white bosses he had when he was a young and unmarried police officer.
Sandra Lord
i am so glad that you and your sisters escaped the pain of mutilation.
I hope that others will take a stand like your father did and stop this madness.
Tanya Phillip
Thanks for your kind words, now I appreciate more than ever what my Father did for us, I know it must have caused some friction between our older female relatives and himself, those old women relish the practice, I do not know why.
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