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Egypt Bans Female Circumcision

I was reading an article today about a 12 year old girl in Egypt who died during a $9 female circumcision procedure at an illegal clinic. It's believed that an overdose of anesthesia was the cause, but her death has sparked government and health officials to ban female circumcision, or genital mutilation. It is now "prohibited for doctors, nurses or any other person to carry out any cut of, flattening or modification of any natural part of the female reproductive system, either in government hospitals, non-government hospitals or any other places."

Female genital mutilation usually involves the removal of the entire clitoris which the Muslims and Christians who practice this believe, feel it tames a girl's sexual desire and maintains her honor.

A 2003 survey by UNICEF showed that 97% of married women have undergone this procedure and that as many as 50.3% were circumcised as early as 10 years old. Many parents believe circumcision is the only way to protect their daughters virginity before they marry.

Opponents of female circumcision believe that it's harmful to women, that they can bleed to death, suffer chronic urinary infections, and have life-threatening complications during childbirth as a result of the procedure.

I'm sure all women reading this will cringe and agree that female circumcision is all about taking the pleasure of sex away from women. I see it as a crime against women, but what about the popularity of male circumcision in the U.S.? Is it the same thing? Would people in Egypt think we are committing a crime against men? What do you think?

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frenchie77 frenchie77 7 years
I see this pretty much the same as I see binding chinese girls' feet. Culture does NOT justify it. It is just wrong, and honestly so many guys get the cut as infants and really are fine. Yes, I think it's unnecessary and kind of stupid to do it (as it is unnecessary and can have complications even though they are rare) but it doesn't stop them from having pleasure. And not going through with it and staying natural really does not cause that many problems. My husband stays clean and honestly I don't see the point in doing it unless there's a health reason that comes up later in life or unless you are a jew, because it really IS cultural/religious in that case and it generally isn't harmful. And I sincerely doubt that these women get as much pleasure without their clitoris, and I would even wager that the ones who get sewn up and need to be cut open on their wedding night dread it much more than anyone can imagine. I would honestly rather remain a virgin than have sex in such circumstances. So I honestly believe that the culture argument is wrong.
frenchie77 frenchie77 7 years
I see this pretty much the same as I see binding chinese girls' feet. Culture does NOT justify it. It is just wrong, and honestly so many guys get the cut as infants and really are fine. Yes, I think it's unnecessary and kind of stupid to do it (as it is unnecessary and can have complications even though they are rare) but it doesn't stop them from having pleasure. And not going through with it and staying natural really does not cause that many problems. My husband stays clean and honestly I don't see the point in doing it unless there's a health reason that comes up later in life or unless you are a jew, because it really IS cultural/religious in that case and it generally isn't harmful. And I sincerely doubt that these women get as much pleasure without their clitoris, and I would even wager that the ones who get sewn up and need to be cut open on their wedding night dread it much more than anyone can imagine. I would honestly rather remain a virgin than have sex in such circumstances. So I honestly believe that the culture argument is wrong.
Zeinobia Zeinobia 8 years
Dear Ethiopian Princess have you ever read the Quran?? because I am a Muslim and I read the Quran from the start to the end several times and I did not find anything related to the FGM seriously , so please do not say "it is a part from the country" Another thing about the Arab countries , please be specific again because beside being an African , I am AN ARAB and again this practice is not done in most Arab countries ,whether the Gulf or the Iraq ,Lebanon,Palestine,Jordan,Syria and Turkey not to mention the other Muslim countries like in Asia
Zeinobia Zeinobia 8 years
Dear Ethiopian Princess have you ever read the Quran?? because I am a Muslim and I read the Quran from the start to the end several times and I did not find anything related to the FGM seriously , so please do not say "it is a part from the country" Another thing about the Arab countries , please be specific again because beside being an African , I am AN ARAB and again this practice is not done in most Arab countries ,whether the Gulf or the Iraq ,Lebanon,Palestine,Jordan,Syria and Turkey not to mention the other Muslim countries like in Asia
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 8 years
It's silly to say that FGM carried over to the Middle East from Africa. There is obvious racism involved when discussing issues between E. African and Arab countries. Muslim Sudanese people consider themselves Arab, not black. They don't allow their children to marry people who they consider black, even if they are also muslim. There is a long history of FGM in African countries, especially amongst nomads and other very poor people who would never consider stopping the practice because everyone does it and they don't even know what it is like not to be cut. The suffering, the infections, the death, the excruciating periods, all that stuff they consider normal. The history isn't poorly documented. It is well documented in Arab countries though. It is part of the Q'ran, though what it says would essentially be trimming the labia minora which probably has no functional interference unless it gets infected. As people have interpreted it as they wish and as that area became more macho and basically backwards, they started practicing what we now know as FGM. It's used to control women's sexuality. They believe that without the procedure, women won't control themselves and will bring dishonor to their family. Same goes for rape, which is where the brilliant idea of sewing up the labia majora came from. Genius, other than the many resulting health issues and death not to mention a bad sex life for both the men and women.
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 8 years
It's silly to say that FGM carried over to the Middle East from Africa. There is obvious racism involved when discussing issues between E. African and Arab countries. Muslim Sudanese people consider themselves Arab, not black. They don't allow their children to marry people who they consider black, even if they are also muslim. There is a long history of FGM in African countries, especially amongst nomads and other very poor people who would never consider stopping the practice because everyone does it and they don't even know what it is like not to be cut. The suffering, the infections, the death, the excruciating periods, all that stuff they consider normal. The history isn't poorly documented. It is well documented in Arab countries though. It is part of the Q'ran, though what it says would essentially be trimming the labia minora which probably has no functional interference unless it gets infected. As people have interpreted it as they wish and as that area became more macho and basically backwards, they started practicing what we now know as FGM. It's used to control women's sexuality. They believe that without the procedure, women won't control themselves and will bring dishonor to their family. Same goes for rape, which is where the brilliant idea of sewing up the labia majora came from. Genius, other than the many resulting health issues and death not to mention a bad sex life for both the men and women.
RustyAngel73 RustyAngel73 8 years
FGM is horrific.
RustyAngel73 RustyAngel73 8 years
FGM is horrific.
nessabum nessabum 8 years
i have to admit, i got tired of reading all the comments when i was about halfway through and i got to the part about people saying things about bombing the middle east.since when has violence been able to solve ANYTHING at all? bombing and killing innocent people who have to struggle to survive in a country filled with conflict is enough hardship. for god's sake, LEAVE THEM ALONE. and i'm very against this whole war on terrorism sh*t. again, violence, doesn't fight violence.maybe it's just because i'm pacifist. i don't believe in war. i don't believe in fighting. it hasn't done anyone any good. it's only gone and sparked more and more ruined families, injured civilians, brutal deaths, and destruction and violation of the sanctity of human life. also, there is NO way female genital mutilation is equivalent to male circumcision. the clitoris is analogous in the basic function of providing sexual pleasure in females as the penis is to males. therefore, female genital mutilation equates to the removal of the penis in males. so, since when was castration the same as the removal of the foreskin. i also think that removing any part of the human body is at least some form of mutilation. so the removal of the foreskin in males is mutilation as well. as for the cleanliness part of it, i had my biology teacher tell me before that if male circumcision was done because you didn't wash yourself right, she said, then why not cut off all your fingers because you're too lazy to wash in between them?
nessabum nessabum 8 years
i have to admit, i got tired of reading all the comments when i was about halfway through and i got to the part about people saying things about bombing the middle east. since when has violence been able to solve ANYTHING at all? bombing and killing innocent people who have to struggle to survive in a country filled with conflict is enough hardship. for god's sake, LEAVE THEM ALONE. and i'm very against this whole war on terrorism sh*t. again, violence, doesn't fight violence. maybe it's just because i'm pacifist. i don't believe in war. i don't believe in fighting. it hasn't done anyone any good. it's only gone and sparked more and more ruined families, injured civilians, brutal deaths, and destruction and violation of the sanctity of human life. also, there is NO way female genital mutilation is equivalent to male circumcision. the clitoris is analogous in the basic function of providing sexual pleasure in females as the penis is to males. therefore, female genital mutilation equates to the removal of the penis in males. so, since when was castration the same as the removal of the foreskin. i also think that removing any part of the human body is at least some form of mutilation. so the removal of the foreskin in males is mutilation as well. as for the cleanliness part of it, i had my biology teacher tell me before that if male circumcision was done because you didn't wash yourself right, she said, then why not cut off all your fingers because you're too lazy to wash in between them?
tralalala tralalala 8 years
Thank you Bahar! That's another thing, there are a hell of a lot more reports of US soldiers raping and killing Iraqi girls than the other way around. Actually, I haven't heard any reports of it happening the other way around...
bugness bugness 8 years
SOME people need to study Sociology and a little concept called ETHNOCENTRISMyeesh.Anyway, I'm glad to see that this ban is in place but hope that it will deal out harsher punishments to those who violate it.
bugness bugness 8 years
SOME people need to study Sociology and a little concept called ETHNOCENTRISM yeesh. Anyway, I'm glad to see that this ban is in place but hope that it will deal out harsher punishments to those who violate it.
melda melda 8 years
oh and I have no idea what is Female Circumcision is? we just circumcise 1-3 years old boys in our families!
melda melda 8 years
If you have seen how many children and girls our age have been killed by US army and how many dead girls body without head have been found in deserts of Iraq then you would tell who is barberic
melda melda 8 years
I am muslim not terrorist nore barberic
tralalala tralalala 8 years
ps- a large percentage of the recent terrorist plots/attempts going on in the UK have been by people that were born in the UK. It had more to do with muslims upset over how they're treated in Europe than anything else...so yeah.
tralalala tralalala 8 years
To those people going off about bombing the middle east; there are just as many, if not more people that think the world would be a better place if people just bombed the crap out of America. I'm not going to lie....a lot of days I'm one of those people haha (in case you're wondering, I'm a caucasian Canadian). I know the majority of Americans are good people, the majority of my best friends are American. But your government is straight up messed up. Your country has killed WAY more middle eastern people than the middle east has killed Americans. Anyways, I'm going to stop before this becomes an even longer rant. To quote one of my favorite bands "America is the terrorist"
nycgirl nycgirl 8 years
Oh, and for those ignorant people wanting to bomb the Middle East-- that won't solve the problem. There are many radical schools of thought in places you wouldn't want to bomb-- London, Hamburg, Paris, etc.
nycgirl nycgirl 8 years
I have done research on FGM in the past, and many of the procedures are done secretly, in a relative's house, and the mother, aunt, grandmother, etc will do it with a kitchen knife. The other female relatives hold the girl down because there is usually NO anesthesia. It really is a wonderously cruel practice that proliferates because of 'honor'.On male circumcision-- I will attest that men who are not circumsized are not any dirtier or prone to infection than anyone else, but they do need to be more mindful of cleaning the area. I also feel like they really do get more pleasure and stimulation out of sex.
nycgirl nycgirl 8 years
I have done research on FGM in the past, and many of the procedures are done secretly, in a relative's house, and the mother, aunt, grandmother, etc will do it with a kitchen knife. The other female relatives hold the girl down because there is usually NO anesthesia. It really is a wonderously cruel practice that proliferates because of 'honor'. On male circumcision-- I will attest that men who are not circumsized are not any dirtier or prone to infection than anyone else, but they do need to be more mindful of cleaning the area. I also feel like they really do get more pleasure and stimulation out of sex.
MissAntipodea MissAntipodea 8 years
I researched this issue when I was studying Human Rights at university. It is a horrendous practice and I can only hope that the rest of Africa places a ban on this too.
Advah Advah 8 years
To go back to the initial topic, I see male circumcision as a religious and/or medical operation, and I'm not saying that uncircumcised men aren't healthy but yes, circumcision has healthy benefits. Female circumcision is in no way related to health, it's about making sure a woman will not get any pleasure from intercourse, and will therefore not try to have any sexual experience before marriage or outside of marriage. While I understand people might not agree with male circumcision, I find it slightly offending to see these two procedures equated or offered any comparison..
Advah Advah 8 years
To go back to the initial topic, I see male circumcision as a religious and/or medical operation, and I'm not saying that uncircumcised men aren't healthy but yes, circumcision has healthy benefits.Female circumcision is in no way related to health, it's about making sure a woman will not get any pleasure from intercourse, and will therefore not try to have any sexual experience before marriage or outside of marriage.While I understand people might not agree with male circumcision, I find it slightly offending to see these two procedures equated or offered any comparison..
meganekko meganekko 8 years
i sympathize with those who have died because of the procedure and have been caused pain by the procedure.something to remember is that there are cultures different from ours and beliefs different from our own. Part of being a united community and overall being united as human beings is respecting and understanding those differences. <3
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