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Female Circumcision Good Tradition or Not Traditions often make positive contributions to a culture or society but sometimes fall short and need to be reevaluated The African tradition of female circumcision is one of the few traditions that needs to be reevaluated Originally female circumcision was practiced to ensure female virginity until marriage Today people are educated and more open to the fact that women are not possessions they are able to make their own decisions on what they would like to be done to their body Therefore there isnt a need for this tradition Female circumcision is a very dangerous and sometimes deadly tradition The procedure is not preformed by licensed doctors it is preformed using unsterilized tools that are extremely painful to the female There are many side effects to this procedure The immediate risks after the procedure are hemorrhage severe pain and infection The most severe consequence is death due to excessive blood loss Long term complications include scarring interference with the drainage of urine and menstrual blood chronic urinary tract infections pelvic and back pain and infertility Sexual intercourse can be painful Complications of childbirth are also a risk It is unclear whether it is related to the procedure itself or related to the general condition of medical practice but infant and maternal death rates are generally higher in those communities where female circumcision is practiced Altha Roberts Edgren Dr Adeline Apena said Female circumcision has been perceived as an act of barbarism savagery torture and maiming which deprives African women of their femininity especially with regard to sexual sensitivity and pleasure Female circumcision is an abuse of a womans individual rights The young girls and women who undergo circumcision do not have individual legal status and rights apart from those of their communities and cannot challenge the
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