The History of Female Genital Mutilation and Its Consequences

1035 WordsJun 18, 20185 Pages
Female Genital Mutilation According to many Americans, female genital mutilation is one of the most hurtful practices ever conducted. During this operation, female genitals are partly or entirely removed with the goal of inhibiting the woman’s sexual feelings. In my opinion, there is no reason for this operation to be happening. This usually occurs before the female experiences puberty (between the ages of four and eight). The female can suffer for days, weeks, or even months at a time. This ritual is widely practiced in many parts of Africa and by migrants from African countries in other parts of the world (Karmaker 20-28). If Americans research and read what people say about this operation, they can understand what these women and…show more content…
Performing this operation or having it on girls of is under the age of 18 is illegal due to the 1997 with the Federal Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act. The first person to be convicted was a man named Khalid Adem, he cut his two-year-old daughters clitoris with a pair of scissors in 2006 and was sentenced to ten years in prison. When a female gets the surgery afterwards the scar can be reopened before intercourse or giving birth which causes more pain for the female. Most women are getting this surgery are the ones with a high ranking reputation in their societies. Female genital mutilation has affected over 500,000 girls and women in Europe, 75,000 live in Great Britain, 65,000 in France and 30,000 in Germany. Most of these people are getting affected are migrants. This operation is affecting their health. They shouldn’t affect their health if they were already healthy before the operation was given. I think if you put some men and women in a room and ask them how they feel about female genital mutilation, the women would get into a heat discussion about how it’s unfair and it should be happening to young girls and women. I think some of the men would agree but some would just be like it’s whatever and move on with their day. The graph above is a health survey from 2012 in Ivory Coast, it shows the percentage of female genital mutilation from ages fifteen to forty-nine, education from none to secondary or

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