Female Genital Mutilation Essay

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For one minute I just want you to think you were born a female in an African country. Did you no you are 90% more likely to have had gone through some form of female genital mutilation. Every day, thousands of girls are targeted for mutilation. Like torture, female genital mutilation (FGM) involves the deliberate infliction of severe pain and suffering. Its effects can be life-threatening. Most survivors have to cope with the physical and mental scars for the rest of their lives.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the partial or complete removal of the external female genitals for cultural rather than medical reasons.

Other names for FGM include female circumcision or ritual female surgery. It is performed in some African, South
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Well the answer is, on the couples wedding night, the new husband will use a sharp object, like a kitchen knife, and cut the females genitals open to the right size without any pain killers or hygienic utensils. So you could imagine the pain these innocent women have to go through everyday because of the scare that they are not pure or a virgin. Because of there scare tissue being damaged, the clitoris will constantly grow over, meaning the males have to cut the women’s genitals at least once every 2 years. Now you will understand why a simple trip to the toilet is an extremely painful experience.
Some of the beliefs surrounding FGM may involve:
•     Ensuring virginity.
•     Enhancing marriage prospects
•     Reducing sexual desire.
•     Reinforcing gender 'differences' - the clitoris is seen as 'male' and is removed to make sure the girl doesn't develop 'male' traits, such as aggression or promiscuity.
•     Enhancing beauty or 'cleanliness' - the female genitals are seen as ugly and dirty.
To put this in perspective, FGM would be like cutting off a man's penis completely, cutting the testicles to the groin, and making a hole in them to have the semen siphoned out. But still, it can get worse. The instruments that can be used to perform the operation are usually crude and dirty. They can include kitchen knives, razor blades,

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