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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.