In the Guardian yesterday there was an article that discussed the practice of female genital mutilation in the UK. It states that over 100,000 girls in the UK have been genitally mutilated. This consists of the removing of the clitoris, the labia and the sewing together of the genital area, leaving only a small area for urine to escape.
There is no medical benefit in reality or theorized, to this "custom." It was instituted to remove any sexual desire from female family members so that they do not dishonor the male members of their family. If this happens, if a female member of the family is perceived as having been sexually indiscreet, then the family members usually the father and brothers will kill her. Honor murder, an accepted part of eastern culture, is another issue of women's rights that has now began to pervade the west. HERE, HERE, HERE
According to the World Heath Organization there is believed to be between 140 to 100 million women who have undergone female genital mutilation. With 92 million in Africa alone. READ HERE.
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