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Sociology 151 19 March 2003 Social Injustice To define the word social injustice it is necessary to look at each word Social means of or relating to human society and injustice means the violation of right or of the rights Merriam-Webster So as one the word would mean the violation of right or of the rights of or relating to human society To put this into simpler terms it is the wrongful harming of a human andor their society Identifying an aspect of society that fits this definition of a social injustice should be a simple task considering there are many around you and possibly directly affecting you I have found an aspect that affects me somewhat indirectly This aspect is female genital mutilation FGM also known as female circumcision FC or female genital cutting FGC Why is female genital mutilation a social injustice First you must understand what female genital mutilation is Female Circumcision or Female Genital Mutilation is the collective name given to several different traditional practices that involve the cutting of female genitals Rainbo 1 There are four different types of female genital mutilation and several justifications for it These procedures are carried out at various ages They can range from shortly after birth to sometime during the womans first pregnancy But most commonly the operation occurs between the ages of 4 and 8 They are usually undergone as a group such as a group of sisters What 6 Female genital mutilation is practiced in many places such as throughout Middle Eastern countries like Yemen Saudi Arabia Iraq Jordan Syria and Southern Algeria Also in the majority of Africa including Kenya Nigeria Mali Upper Volta Ivory Coast Egypt Mozambique and Sudan Sarkis 1 And in a few groups in Asia and among Arab and African immigrants in Europe and in Australia GellesLevine 98 It was also practiced in the United States In 1979 Dr James E Burt also known as the
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