Female Circumcision Research Paper by cee-cee

Female Circumcision
This paper examines varying conceptions of female genital cutting in the twenty-first century.
# 109398 | 4,700 words | 8 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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In this article, the writer identifies what risks or benefits exist for African women who undergo female genital cutting in the twenty first century. A review of the history and key terminology establishes a base knowledge on the subject, followed by a discussion of the religious/cultural, social, physical, and political significance. This paper reviews existing literature on female genital cutting, with preference for essays and research conducted after the year 2000. Discussion identifies what perceived risks and benefits exist for women undergoing female genital cutting in the twenty first century according to existing research and accounts. The writer discusses whether current modern conditions make the procedure an acceptable risk to maintain cultural identity and also whether the cultural identity purportedly maintained by the tradition is itself a risk to the well being of girls in Africa. This paper makes conclusions and recommendations for additional research based on the relevance of the discussion.

Cultural Identity Versus Barbaric Tradition
Literature Review

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Abdelmagied, A., Salah, W., ElTahir, N., NurEldin, T., and Shareef, S. (2005). Perception and attitudes of religious groups towards female genital mutilation. Ahfad Journal, 22(2), pp. 53-63.
  • Abusharaf, R.M. (2001). Virtuous cuts: Female genital circumcision in an African ontology. Differences, 12, pp. 112-140.
  • Boddy, J. (2006). Barbaric custom and colonial science. Ahfad Journal, 23(2), pp. 81-106.
  • Dellenborg, L. (2004). A reflection on the cultural meanings of female circumcision. In Signe Arnfred (Ed.), Re-thinking sexualities in Africa (pp. 79-96). Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell Tryckeri.
  • Female genital mutilation and obstetric outcome: WHO collaborative prospective study in six African countries. (2006, June 3). The Lancet, 367(9525), pp. 1835-1841.

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