By: Daniel Otero
Many might ask themselves, what’s “FGM”? It’s a form of subjugation for women across the world. Something so awful that’s done to the beautiful-female anatomy.
Where does it happen? It happens mostly throughout East, Central and Northern Africa. The problem extends into the Middle East, where it originally came from with the birth of Islam and it later extended along Muslims communities into Southeast Asia—this controversial practice against women. Possibly created through the misinterpretation of Islam, and created by men to control women. A female can be taken from birth until she’s 16 years of age. Then, a procedure is done between her legs, where she is ‘cut’.
Words such as: crazy, savage and unacceptable come to mind. The operation is usually done by the local village leader [in most cases and few times by a doctor] and it’s when the female’s clitoris is simply cutoff. The general belief is to control a woman’s sexual desires and pleasures, since a female’s sole function is to have babies, etc.
Known as “FGM” or Female Genital Mutilation, a system done and it continues contemporarily. It’s the greatest form of abuse and humiliation for all females in Ultraconservative Muslim nations.
The issue is not only in Ultraconservative societies. The problem extends to Muslim families whom believe in this practice and living in Western societies. Though, it’s illegal throughout the Americas, Europe, North and several Central Asian countries; some parents send their daughters back to their native countries to force the procedure on them.
You see, “FGM” is strange and disturbing in every way. Take a male, imagine when he is born and you just cut his penis off. Might as well create eunuchs and this is what’s done to females contemporarily. Something you are naturally born with and needed on your body is suddenly and horribly taken!
The problems after doing the “FGM” procedure can continue with infections, gangrene if infections are not properly treated, permanent trauma to the vaginal area and hormonal imbalance. Into early-adult womanhood it causes painful sexual experiences, extreme cases of sterilization when infections have spread into the fallopian tubes. The majority of these women are scared sexually and psychologically for life.
The clitoral area allows the natural release of hormones, 70% of woman’s sexual pleasure is in the clitoris; while only 30% is in the vagina or also known as the birth canal.
As if women didn’t already have other issues to worry about, from: menstruation, sex, male infidelity, pregnancy, equal pay, misogyny, sexism, male chauvinism, sexual harassment, menopause [later in middle-age life], sexual abuse, prostitution, kidnap, slavery and violence against women, etc.
Ridiculous excuses are given to continue this practice worldwide…
How can this cruelty ever be stopped?
One way is to outlaw [especially by Muslim leaders] these practices worldwide and Western governments stop turning the ‘blind eye’.
The other is having knowledge on the topic. Supermodel from Somalia, Wadis Dirie suffered “FGM” when she was a child. Also, Somali writer, Ayaan Hirsi Ali talks about her experience with “FGM” in her autobiography, Infidel. Award winning Egyptian author, Nawal El Saadawi writes extensively on the topic in her novel, Woman at Point Zero. These are people to learn from and protest further this horrendous-medieval ignorant practice.
Writing more and more is essential in protest against this complex issue.
Letters can be written to the United Nations, the news media and our national leaders via internet; especially if we live in a country with large Muslim populations.
How can we stop it? Boycotting countries with these practices and furthermore, not giving them our business/trade or any form of travel/tourist currency.
These simple written exercises and the research of websites in support of Women’s Rights are a way to help in this social issue.
Then, we can make the world a better place. After all, 52 percent of the world is female.