Female circumcision is a highly debated topic in today’s society, with one side arguing that female circumcision is completely erroneous and the other stating the act is appropriate do to the cultural and religious beliefs behind it. Not many people are aware of how female circumcision came to existence. “Female circumcision came from the Pharaonic belief in the bisexuality of the gods. Since mortals reflected the traits of the gods everyone possessed both male and female souls. The feminine soul is located in the prepuce of the penis and the masculine soul is located in the clitoris. In order for the individual to have a healthy gender development each soul had to be excised. This is essential for boys to become men and girls to become women.”
Female circumcision procedures intentionally alter or injure a females genital organs for non medical purposes. There are no health benefits from this and it is widely used to suppress female sexuality. Many cultures believe by removing the clitoris this will prevent promiscuity and preserve virginity. Unfortunately, this does all that and more, in addition it can cause sever pain, hemorrhaging, and even death. Long term effects can include urinary tract infections, cysts, and infertility. Other beliefs of removing the clitoris is that it is cleaner and makes the woman more beautiful. Some individuals claim that male circumcision is no different then female mutilation. Genital mutilation on either male or female is unethical and unnecessary. Medicine has failed to prove that circumcision carries any significant medical advantage for either the male or the female.
Another reason why female mutilation is unacceptable is because it is a violation of human rights. The UN Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the freedom to practice their religion, many people object when the rituals involved in practicing a religion involve hurting another human being, especially a minor. While...