The Cruelty of Female Circumcision

570 Words Jan 30th, 2018 2 Pages
Department of Health and Human Services, “It is estimated that between 100 million and 140 million girls and women worldwide have received FGC. There are more than 3 million girls at risk of having FGC each year”(DHHS). Circumcision can be preformed on both males and females. It is common a common practice among western cultures to preform circumcisions on males. Female circumcision is uncommon and is illegal in most countries and considered a violation of human rights.
Male circumcision is done by removing the foreskin around the head of the penis and is usually done 1-2 days after birth. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Male circumcision reduces the risk that a man will acquire HIV from an infected female partner, and also lowers the risk of other STDs, penile cancer, and infant urinary tract infection. For female partners, male circumcision reduces the risk of cervical cancer, genital ulceration, bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, and HPV. Although male circumcision has risks including pain, bleeding, and infection, more serious complications are rare”(1). Another risk includes, decrease in sensitivity. In other words, there are both benefits and risks to male circumcision. The cause of male circumcision is health benefits and religious reasons.
Female circumcision is also known as female genital mutilation, it is illegal in the United States of America and many other countries. There are two main ways that is preformed. The first…
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