Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The FGC

Princess, a novel that uncovers the true story of a Saudi princess and its Islamic fundamental conservations really baffled me, not only because of its cultural taboos but also how much the actual severity of suppression were pressed against its women. They keep women nothing more than but a subsidiary to men. Absurd.

Just when I thought it was all about that, then came the culmination of things 'Princess' shockers: the FCG.

Female Genital Cutting or the female circumcision is the mutilation of a woman's genitalia by cutting out an external or total part of it. The mutilation was widely practiced in many African and Asian countries during 1800 onwards. It is basically perceived on traditional aspect of keeping the women pure from impurities of self-degradation such as "excessive masturbation". Though no religious scripts can corroborate to this custom, the pressure to abide in the tradition on the social level of doing the FGC made others to perpetuate the cutting. Many have stated that this was conducted to prevent the women from 'unlawful' sexual intercourse and to seal the virginity until marriage. Considered as the cleansing ritual for the female unclean parts, mutilated girls are regarded as 'beautiful' and 'clean' after the removal. Yet another cultural odd notion of 'beauty'!


Source: Wiki


Female genital mutilation is classified into four major types:

Clitoridectomy: partial or total removal of the clitoris (a small, sensitive and erectile part of the female genitals) and, rarely, the prepuce (the fold of skin surrounding the clitoris) as well.

Excision: partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora (the labia are "the lips" that surround the vagina).

Infibulation: narrowing of the vaginal opening through the creation of a covering seal. The seal is formed by cutting and repositioning the inner, and sometimes outer, labia, with or without removal of the clitoris.

Other: all other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, e.g. pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterizing the genital area.

Source:WHO


The Type 3 was the most controversial out of all types cause of its lifelong effects on women. After covering, it is forced to re-open painfully to allow sexual intercourse and childbirth. Ouch!

FGC antedates both Islam and Christianity.

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