Female Genital Mutilation
Examines crossing cultural boundaries to fight against female genital mutilation (FGM).
# 116103 | 2,335 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2009 |
Published on Aug 27, 2009 in Anthropology (Middle Eastern) , Religion and Theology (Islam) , Medical and Health (General) , Women Studies (Women and Society)
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This paper discusses the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) that is performed in many Muslim nations across the globe. Several types of FGM are described and their health consequences explained. The paper also explains that, even though international communities and organization have done much to attempt to stop the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), millions of girls are still being mutilated and killed by this practice. The writer then points out that many opponents of FGM argue that it is better to contemplate and focus on the health issues rather than to pass judgment on this cultural practice. One of the reasons that many organizations believe this focus on health is potentially more helpful is because they realize that the cultural practice of FGM is varied among the many countries who practice it. The paper concludes that because most women who have participated in the FGM practice have suffered the health consequences, the cultural divide can be crossed by emphasizing the health risks involved
From the Paper:"Female genital mutilation is associated with many health hazards. First of all, the most severe FGM of inflibulation, the removal of the clitoris as well the vulva being sewn up, is often performed in rural areas by local village women or witch doctors. This realization means that the procedure is not even done under sterile conditions. Then there are many short-term and long-term dangers of both clitoridectomy and infibulation. The immediate short-term dangers include the possibility of "shock, hemorrhage, infection...abscesses, tumors of the nerves, and death"."
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