Female Genital Mutilation
I first learned about this topic when I was watching American Next Top Model. There was this 21 year old Somalian girl who had made a confession about being circumcised at the age of 13. She began crying because of the pain that she endured and the fact that she would never know what it feels like to be with a man. Once I read the African Rites of Passage and learned that that procedure was done a lot in as a ritual. I couldn’t help, but research more information about female genital mutilation.
Female genital mutilation also known as circumcision is done, so that the women can become marriageable and be welcomed into the life of womanhood. It is looked as a religious obligation and ethnic identity. This ritual is practiced among the Jewish, Muslim, Animists, and Christian religion mainly in Egypt, Kenya, Hali, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Central Africa Republic, Eritrea, and Cofe D’lvoire just to name a few. Once they are entered into womanhood they will assume all responsibilities and duties as an adult. A woman is only considered marriage material by a man and his family if this procedures done because virginity is highly prized even after marriage. They are also considered to be clean, respectable and moral women who possess a behavior of faithfulness of women to their husbands.
The other reasons that females are circumcised are because the clitoris connotes maleness with the prepuce of a penis and the removal of it will make the woman feminine, external genitals are ugly and must be removable to her acceptable to a man, and that the clitoris is an unusual enlargement to be an organ. It is also said that the female will be safeguarding their fertility, which is make them very fertile. Without the clitoris it will decrease the desire for sex. If the clitoris touches the penis of the man or a baby’s head during birth they will die and the breast milk will become poisonous. If she is not circumcised she will not be able to...