Clitoridectomy and infibulation, commonly known as female circumcision, are practices found in many African cultures. The reasons for their development are not known. They are deeply embedded, however, in cultures where they occur because they affect the very definition of what it is to be female.
The practice is mostly carried out by traditional circumcisers, who often play other central roles in communities, such as attending childbirths. In many settings, health care providers perform FGM due to the erroneous belief that the procedure is safer when medicalized 1. WHO strongly urges health professionals not to perform such procedures.
Female genital mutilation FGMalso known as female genital cutting and female circumcision[a] is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. Typically carried out by a traditional circumciser using a blade, FGM is conducted from days after birth to puberty and beyond. In half the countries for which national figures are available, most girls are cut before the age of five.
News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. I COME from a country in Africa where female circumcision — or genital mutilation — is still practised. I have read books that say women can never truly enjoy the pleasure of sex if they have had their clitoris removed. My wife-to-be was circumcised as a child.
His intention? To more easily enable a woman to reach orgasm. Clitoral unhooding falls under the larger category of female genital cosmetic surgeries FGCSsurgeries that are reportedly becoming more popular among women and physicians.
Three days after Sarian Karim Kamara was cut, she was permitted to remove the cloth that covered her aching genitals. The thenyear-old had struggled so much during the procedure that the witch doctor stopped the traditional practice midway. That same day, women in the community dragged the little girl back to the bondo bush, the area designated for female circumcision, and held her down once more.
Dr Ariza BT Mohamed demonstrates which genital areas are affected by circumcision. Photos by Thomas Cristofoletti. I meet year-old Syahiera Atika at the mall.
Female genital mutilation FGMalso known as female circumcision or female genital cutting, includes any procedure involving the removal or injury of part or all of external female genitalia for non medical reasons. It describes the narrowing of the vaginal opening through creation of a seal, by cutting and repositioning the labia minora or labia majora. Data on the prevalence of FGM in the United States was first collected inusing census information. In addition to its prevalence in immigrant communities in the US, FGM was considered a standard medical procedure in America for most of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Female genital mutilations is a widespread practice in the 4th most populous nation in the world. Here's why. Unicef says million women and girls living today have undergone female genital mutilation.
Jump to navigation. They promise you a chocolate, a movie or just an outing; they take you instead to dingy, dark room, pin you to a bed, take off your pants and cut that tiny part of you that was eventually supposed to make you experience one of the greatest pleasures of being a woman. With blades, knives or anything remotely sharp and long, they cut off your clitoris, and say it's in the name of culture.