I would like to start off saying that your discussion post is very well done. You hit all the important points regarding the reasons that this is an inhuman practice. Your post was well written and your relevant sourced including the story of Tante Mado finished it off nicely. I have to say that I completely agree with your argument. The mutilation of a young girl’s body for the sake of taking away her sex drive and depriving her of stimulation is an attack on her individual rights. This is especially true when young girls are forced by their tribe to undergo this when they are as young as one year old, much too young to be able to reason and decide for themselves if this is right for them. Not only is it an infringement on the rights of young women but it is potentially life threatening. Like you have stated there is no medical benefit to this procedure. In fact there is nothing but potential medical hazard up to and including death. Immediate physical risks include severe pain, shock, hemorrhaging, bacterial infection and open sores. Long term consequences include recurrent bladder and urinary tract infections, cysts, infertility, and possible child-birth complications. (Female genital mutilation, 2012) Clearly this is an outdated and archaic process which has no place in our modern times. Hopefully with the help of strong women like Tante Mado we will eventually see an end to it.
Reference: Female genital mutilation, 2012, WHO, fact sheet #241, retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/