I think this should be a new thread seeing as it doesn't really fit in with the circumcision debate very well.
What do you all think about FGM? Is it a cultural practice we should accept? Is it a human rights abuse we should try to erradicate? Is it really comparable to male circumcision? Comments? Personal experiences?
There is a HUGE difference between male circumcision and female genital mutilation!!
FGM is just that--mutilation. There are MANY scenarios, the worst being that ALL external genitalia are removed--no anesthetic, of course, if you're going in for torture, don't fool around!--leaving only the orifaces.
Sometimes, the vagina is sewn in such a way as to penetration EXTREMELY painful, and so that the woman screams loud enough and the sheets are really bloody at the consumation of the marriage. Then the man knows she's really a virgin, and the wedding guests [within earshot of the wedding bed] know as well and can congratulate her parents and the groom.
Or, only the clitoris is removed. These surgical procedures are done often by a lay midwife, sterile technique--well, maybe? who knows. and the girl is usually anywhere from 5-menarche. She's immobilized by her mother and aunties and/or other female relatives.
Call me crazy, but that constitutes child abuse to me.
I know that many people call infant male circumcision mutilation and abuse as well--I'm much more neutral on that issue. I sure do hate seeing it done, tho--that may say more about how I feel!
p.s. I almost forgot--after a male circumcision, how and whenever it's done, the male can and does enjoy sex. I don't think the same could be said for women that endure FGM
Last edit by prmenrs on Aug 29, '01