Female Genital Mutilation Essay

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Female Genital Mutilation Introduction Pain, shame, lack of ability to reproduce. Marie, who suffers from each of these symptoms, is one of the many women from Africa who have suffered from female genital mutilation. When Marie was only two years old, she had her clitoris and labia cut off. Since then, she has moved to New York yet is still suffering from the many consequences you get from female genital mutilation. Female genital mutilation, also known as FGM, is a very common procedure primarily done in Africa for cultural beliefs. There are no known beneficial medical reasons as to why people would get the procedure done. FGM became a thing several decades ago by African tribes and is only now being brought up into the light as…show more content…
With that, FGM is a major violation of the human rights of women and girls (Female Genital Mutilation). Younger girls do not have a say in the matter and they cannot tell their parents whether or not they really want the procedure done on them or not. Some older women, who do decide to go through with this, are doing it because of the outside pressure from their community that humiliates them if they do not undergo FGM. 98% of Africans do push their children to have this done on them and if they are part of that 2% then they are excluded from others and are considered outsiders because they have not undergone a very important cultural procedure (Where is FGM practiced?). Some physical complications that come along with FGM are urinary infections, cysts, not being able to produce kids, childbirth problems, and repairing surgery for the widening or narrowing of the vaginal opening. The women are awake for the entire duration of the procedure and are in tremendous pain because they bleed everywhere. Sometimes when a women who is not trained to circumcise, she will use the excess skin to clean up the puddle of blood flowing out of the vaginal area (CITATION). FGM has a lot of possible negative outcomes that cannot be avoided no matter how good or bad the operator is. Even with the best care and

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