Monday, July 2, 2012

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

If you want to help to reduce FGM, you can sign the following petition. (Logically I know it is impossible to stop, so I just call it reduce)

I have heard of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) being practised in some African countries before, but not until I heard of the story of Waris Dirie (,, last month did I realize that  there is a FGM Type III and people who carry out this procedure are simply nuts to cut it and sew it up.

Female Genital Mutilation, also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision, is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as "all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons."

The WHO has offered four classifications of FGM. The main three are Type I, removal of the clitoral hood, almost invariably accompanied by removal of the clitoris itself (clitoridectomy); Type II, removal of the clitoris and inner labia; and Type III (infibulation), removal of all or part of the inner and outer labia, and usually the clitoris, and the fusion of the wound, leaving a small hole for the passage of urine and menstrual blood—the fused wound is opened for intercourse and childbirth. Around 85 percent of women who undergo FGM experience Types I and II, and 15 percent Type III, though Type III is the most common procedure in several countries, including Sudan, Somalia, and Djibouti. Several miscellaneous acts are categorized as Type IV. These range from a symbolic pricking or piercing of the clitoris or labia, to cauterization of the clitoris, cutting into the vagina to widen it (gishiri cutting), and introducing corrosive substances to tighten it.

Even though these uncivilized, unnecessary and horrible procedures are banned in some countries, stupid people continues to practise. (Human beings are always stupid, compared to God)

Why do people do such uncivilized, unnecessary and horrible things?

FGM is considered by its practitioners to be an essential part of raising a girl properly - girls are regarded as having been cleansed by the removal of "male" body parts. It ensures pre-marital virginity and inhibits extra-marital sex, because it reduces women's libido. Women fear the pain of re-opening the vagina, and are afraid of being discovered if it is opened illicitly

Where does FGM originated? I am no expert and I cannot find a definite answer from the Internet. People are saying that FGM does not come from religions, as only Male circumcision is mentioned.

Regarding Male circumcision (, if this is a sign of covenant to God, shouldn't it be decided by the person when he reached 18? If it is only the fathers who decide to perform the circumcision operations on their male babies, it only means that the covenants are between these fathers and God, not from these babies.

Why there is no covenant between women and God? Is this a sex discrimination? Did God forget something? Did God intentionally miss that part? Did human beings deliberately erase related paragraphs from the Bible?

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