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Female Genital Mutilation Long Term Psychological Effects Female Genital Mutilation or Female Circumcision as sometimes called is the partial or complete removal of the female clitoris immediately after birth few years after birth early childhood or several years after birth adolescence Originally female genital mutilation was practiced to ensure female virginity until marriage as it was discovered that by the partial or complete removal of the clitoris a females sexual urge is minimized and therefore a girl could have more control over her sexual desires Because virginity was and remains a very crucial factor in almost every society circumcision was invented way in the past before any of the Heavenly Religions appeared In fact the most traditional and conservative type of circumcision is the Pharoanic type Infibulation where the complete removal of the clitoris occurs and the vulva walls are stitched together leaving a small opening for urination and menstrual discharge Nowadays however it continues to be practiced in Africa and the Middle East mostly due to social forces New reasoning developed through the years to keep the ritual going on The many reasons given for the practice are bewildering and unfounded in any scientific or medical fact They fall into four main categories psycho-sexual religious sociological and hygienic Among the psycho-sexual reasons is a belief that the clitoris is an aggressive organ that threatens the male organ and even endangers babies during delivery It is believed that if a babys head touches the mothers clitoris during birth the child will be born with a low IQ Hence a girl who is not circumcised is considered unclean by local villagers and thus unmarriageable A girl who does not have here clitoris removed is considered a great danger and ultimately fatal to a man if her clitoris touches his penis Also the circumcision issue is seen as a form of beauty It is seen as aesthetically
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