Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Female Genital Mutilation: Ignorance not an excuse

I have always been disgusted by how much people avoid realities of life. I have always had a curious mind and wanted to know things. I have never been the sort that is content with the obvious. It’s called thinking outside the box and having a bird’s eye view of everything rather than insular thinking.  The reason I am writing this is our campaign on Female Genital Mutilation.  This is something happening in the communities we live and to people we know but there is in us the tendency to ignore and pretend it’s not happening. Even if its’ not happening in your community, would it not make you feel good about yourself to know you have been part of history in making this practice end?

Women had no rights but by raising awareness, acknowledging the inequality, things have since moved and changed for the better. What surprise me are the excuses made by some of the people out there. I will list below some of the excuses and to be honest, one is made to conclude that there is some bit missing in some of these people’s brains.  Below are the words of someone who really does not deserve the title of a doctor since they seem not to understand life. I have highlighted their words

’Female circumcision has not been prescribed for no reason, rather there is wisdom behind it and it brings many benefits.

Mentioning some of these benefits, Dr. Haamid al-Ghawaabi says:

The secretions of the labia minora accumulate in uncircumcised women and turn rancid, so they develop an unpleasant odour which may lead to infections of the vagina or urethra. I have seen many cases of sickness caused by the lack of circumcision.

 Really? How ignorant! How many of you go around smelling? And besides, surely that is why we bath daily, or am I missing something here? There is no shred of evidence to support this in women. It’s all in the mind of a sick Doctor. All the physical and mental pain just for ‘’unpleasant odour’’ that does not exist? I find this insulting to all women!

‘Circumcision reduces excessive sensitivity of the clitoris which may cause it to increase in size to 3 centimetres when aroused, which is very annoying to the husband, especially at the time of intercourse’-

Annoying to the husband my arse! Is that not part of enjoying sex? What of what the wife actually wants? To be cut and go through that pain so as not to annoy a future husband is that not a form of control?

Another benefit of circumcision is that it prevents stimulation of the clitoris which makes it grow large in such a manner that it causes pain.

The more I go on reading the so called ‘Benefits’ the more angry I become. There is no woman out there who can ever agree with such a thing.

Circumcision prevents spasms of the clitoris which are a kind of inflammation. – I wonder how this doctor has sex with the wife.

 Inflammation or arousal? I pity whoever is married to this man!

Circumcision reduces excessive sexual desire- Why should a woman have their sexual desire reduced? For whom? It’s back to controlling women

Does any of the above sounds like benefits of FGM to anybody with 5 senses? – Not to me.

Let’s face it; there is absolutely no reason for FGM whichever type it is. I am not in any way a medical person but it does not need a degree in medicine to see how unnecessary FGM is in any girl or woman’s life.

The good thing is there are people out there who are saying it as it is, that is,  how evil this practice is, and as always with evil practices ,there are people who still think it’s OK to put women through that misery in order to ‘’please men’’ .

 The good will always triumph over evil and we shall see an end to FGM.

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