Female Genital Mutilation: A Sociological Perspective Analytical Essay by Nicky

Female Genital Mutilation: A Sociological Perspective
A sociological perspective on the practice of female genital mutilation.
# 148359 | 1,676 words | 8 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 12, 2011 in Sociology (Theory) , Women Studies (General)

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The paper explores the motivating force, in terms of social norms and mores, that allows the practice of female genital mutilation to continue, when it is obviously an infringement of human rights and has also been shown to be medically dangerous to the individual girl or woman. The paper discusses how from a sociological perspective, female genital mutilation is a phenomenon that can be understood in terms of the male-orientated and patriarchal structure of the societies in which it occurs. The paper also explains that this practice persists due to the socialization process in these countries which tends to normalize and legitimize female circumcision. The paper notes the views of those who believe female genital mutilation should be understood and accepted in terms of cultural relativity, but argues that this practice is one that does not adhere to the standards of human equality and rights in the contemporary world.

Introduction and Overview
The Sociological Perspective

From the Paper:

"There are however other aspects that have to be taken into account in a comprehensive sociological analysis of FGM. As the study by Ahlberg et al. states, female circumcision persists even though there is increasing evidence of the psychological and physical harm that women experience as a result of the practice. Ahlberg also emphasizes the fact that, "It persists also within contexts of substantial efforts to prevent it ...."(Ahlberg et al., 2000. p.37) This leads to the sociological view that gender roles and behavior patterns become 'normalized' or accepted by the members of the society. This normalization process is one that is socialized at a very early age and the devaluation of women then becomes accepted by the society as socially normal and permissible (Ahlberg et al 2000). This is a possible sociological explanation of why practices like female circumcision are still practiced by many cultures today."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ahlberg B. et al. (2000) Gender masked or self-inflicted pain: female circumcision, eradication and persistence in Central Kenya. African Sociological Review, 4, (1), 2000.pp. 35-54
  • Dzhantam W. (2005) Views on Female Circumcision: Rite of Passage or Violation of Rights. Retrieved April 30, 2009, from http://www.eportfolio.lagcc.cuny.edu/ePortfolios/Basic/dzhantam.warrenREV/resources/33521.doc
  • Genital Mutilation. Retrieved April 30, 2009, from http://www.answers.com/topic/genital-modification-and-mutilation
  • Horsfall S. (2000) FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION AND ASSOCIATED GENDER AND POLITICAL ISSUES AMONG THE SABINY OF UGANDA. Retrieved April 30, 2009, from http://web.txwesleyan.edu/sociology/horsfall/FGMPaper.html
  • Hosken F. P. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Retrieved April 30, 2009, from http://www.feminist.com/resources/artspeech/inter/fgm.htm

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