Female Genital Mutilation

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Female Genital Mutilation is a cultural practice in Africa that is over 2000 years old. It’s mostly a cultural practice, but some religions include FGM as part of their practices. This practice is so built-in into these cultures, it defines members of these cultures. If you wanted to dismiss the practice, you must dismiss their cultural belief that a girl is not a woman until this procedure is done. But is that enough to say this practice is justified in the name of culture. Female Genital Mutilation is a term used for removal of all or just part of the external parts of the female genitalia. There are three varieties in this procedure, Sunna Circumcision, Clitoridectomy, and Infibulation. 85 percent of Africa FGM cases consist of Clitoridectomy, which is the removal of the entire clitoris and the removal of the adjacent labia, and Infibulation, which is performing a Clitoridectomy, and then you stitch up the labia allowing a small hole to remain open to allow urine and menstrual blood to flow through. This procedure is done mostly to young girls’ ages four to eight, this procedure is done without any care of medically trained people. The instruments used will vary and could include; sharp rocks, tin lids, razor blades, scissors or any sharp object that can cut. The girls are then stitched up and then their legs are bounded up for up to 40 days. They’re many side effects including death, serious infections like HIV, abscesses’, and tumors. This is why FGM is wrong in so many ways. In a FGM society, girls are not considered women until they get the procedure done; FGM is more like an initiation into womanhood. Where, in many cultures including the ones in the United States don’t consider girls woman until after puberty. It’s difficult to say that FGM cannot be justified in the name of culture, but who are we to try to make them change a 2000 year old

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