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Female Genital Mutilation Female Genital Mutilation is believed to have started in Egypt 2000 years ago and spread from there Only a few years ago FGM was considered a cultural tradition but now the United Nations has labeled it as a violation of human rights Canada Denmark the Netherlands and the United States has declared Female Genital Mutilation grounds for seeking asylum and is a punishable offense 1 Many of us never heard of Female Genital Mutilation until the story of Kauziya Kasinga a woman from West Africa Her father did not believe in polygamy forced marriage or female circumcision He died when she was 17 and the fathers sister inherited the home banished the mother ended Fauziyas schooling and arranged a marriage as a fourth wife to a man she had never met The aunt scheduled her for the circumcision and she ran with 3000 dollars that one of her aunts had saved What is female circumcision The female genital mutilation term covers three main varieties of genital mutilation 2 There is the sunna circumcision this consists of removal of the prepuce andor the tip of the clitoris Ironically sunna in Arabic means tradition This is done because it is believed that the clitoris is a very dangerous part of the female anatomy In our culture Freud stated in his book Sexuality and the Psychology of Love that the elimination of clitoral sexuality is a necessary precondition for the development of femininity In 1979 the Love Surgery was performed on women in the United Sates Dr James Burt the Love Surgeon introduced clitoral relocation sunna circumcision to the medical field He believed and acted upon the idea that excision does not prevent sexual pleasure but enhances it Dr Burt practiced in Ohio for almost ten years before he was exposed after which he gave up his license Clitoridectomy also referred to as excision removes the entire clitoris and the removal of
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