Pebrero 22, 2008

Sad Fact!

Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a cultural practice that started in Africa approximately 2000 years ago. It is primarily a cultural practice, not a religious practice. But some religions do include FGM as part of their practices. This practice is so well ingrained into these cultures, it defines members of these cultures. In order to eliminate the practice one must eliminate the cultural belief that a girl will not become a women without this procedure.

What is Female Genital Mutilation?

Female Genital Mutilation is the term used for removal of all or just part of the external parts of the female genitalia. There are three varieties to this procedure.

  1. Sunna Circumcision - consists of the removal of the prepuce(retractable fold of skin, or hood) and /or the tip of the clitoris. Sunna in Arabic means "tradition".
  2. Clitoridectomy - consists of the removal of the entire clitoris (prepuce and glands) and the removal of the adjacent labia.
  3. Infibulation(pharonic circumcision)-- consists of performing a clitoridectomy (removal of all or part of the labia minora, the labia majora). This is then stitched up allowing a small hole to remain open to allow for urine and menstrual blood to flow through.

In Africa 85% of FGM cases consist of Clitoridectomy and 15% of cases consist of Infibulation. In some cases only the hood is removed.

What is the age, the procedure used and the side effects?

The age the procedure is carried out varies from just after birth to some time during the first pregnancy, but most cases occur between the ages of four and eight. Most times this procedure is done with out the care of medically trained people, due to poverty and lack of medical facilities. The use of anesthesia is rare. The girl is held down by older women to prevent the girl from moving around. The instruments used by the mid-wife will vary and could include any of the following items; broken glass, a tin lid, razor blades, knives, scissors or any other sharp object. These items usually are not sterilized before or after usage. Once the genital area for removal is gone, the child is stitched up and her legs are bound for up to 40 days.

This procedure can cause various side effects on the girls which can include death. Some of the results of this procedure are serious infections, HIV, abscesses and small benign tumors, hemorrhages, shock, clitoral cysts. The long term effects may also include kidney stones, sterility, sexual dysfunction, depression, various urinary tract infections, various gynecological and obstetric problems.

In order to have sexual intercourse the women have to be opened up in some fashion and in some cases cutting is necessary. After child birth some women are re-infibulated to make them (tight) for their husbands.

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3 komento:

linglingbells ayon kay ...

nadiscuss samin yan sa anthropology class ko.. oo nga eh, grabe yan! nakakalungkot talaga.. at parang masakit talaga siya!

KLITORIKA ayon kay ...

Ate, masakit nga manganak na natural ito pa kayang gugupitin ang ano mo... ewan ko ba kung bakit may mga ganitong kultura, no comment mahirap itoh!

William Buenafe ayon kay ...

No comment ka pa dyan eh nag comment ka na nga eh, hihihi.

Buti na lang at lalake ako (selfish)

Seriously, imagining pa lang what those unfortunate women have gone through, the pain and the aftermat,
eh nakaka awa talaga.

Kaya kayong mga Pinay, pasalamat kayo at di kayo isinilang na Afrikana dahil ang alam ko eh malaking % talaga sa kanila eh sapilitang dumaan sa prosesong itong ng mutilation.

Salamat talaga at nakakabit pa ang semi automatic multi fibered extra sensitive clitoris nyo dahil kung hindi laking hirap para sa aming mga lalake to bring you to orgasm.