Is Female genital mutilation really nessessary? Essay

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Is Female genital mutilation really nessessary?

Is Female genital mutilation really nessessary?

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 American, Asian and Middle Eastern countries. Mutilation is a
cultural rather than a religious practice, and its origins are unknown.

Usually, it is performed from a few days after birth to puberty, but in some regions, the
torture can be put off until just before marriage or the seventh month of pregnancy


Globally, approximately 5 girls are mutilated every minute." If we do the math, we
discover that equates to 300 per hour, or 7,200 per day, or 50,400 per week, or 2,620,800
per year. Considering that women make up 49% of the world, form 35% of its paid labor
force, head 33% of its households, make up 95% of its nurses, perform 62% of its work
hours, yet receive 10% of the world's income, own 1% of its property, make up 70% of its
poor, 66% of the illiterate, 80% of the refugees, 75% of the sick, it seems to me that
women--in these country's live in a male dominated world and are there for convenience not
happiness.

The different types of FGM are classified by the extent of the surgery involved, and include:
• Type I -. The hood of skin that sits over the clitoris is removed.
• Type II - The entire clitoris is removed.
• Type III - The external genitals are partly or totally removed and the wound
stitched together, leaving a small gap to allow the passage of menstrual fluid and urine

• Type IV - other practices including piercing, cauterizing, scraping or using
corrosive substances designed to scar and narrow the vagina.

In most cases only a small opening the size of the tip of a matchstick is left for the
passage of menstrual blood and urine. Now I bet your wondering, how will these women be
able to give birth or have sex. Well the answer is, on the couples wedding night, the new
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