There are four classifications for this procedure.
1. Clitoridectomy: partial or total removal of the clitoris (a small, sensitive and erectile part of the female genitals) and, in very rare cases, only the prepuce (the fold of skin surrounding the clitoris).
2. Excision: partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora (the labia are “the lips” that surround the vagina).
3. Infibulation: narrowing of the vaginal opening through the creation of a covering seal. The seal is formed by cutting and repositioning the inner, or outer, labia, with or without removal of the clitoris.
4. Other: all other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, e.g. pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterizing the genital area.
This ‘procedure’ is usually performed on girls between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. It is done in the girl’s home or the home of a female relative. It is performed by a female relative with other females holding the girl down while a kitchen knife, a shaving blade (used), a piece of glass or even the top to a can is used to do the cutting. No anesthesia is used, not even a topical, and no antibiotics are given to prevent infection.
In a large percentage of women the vaginal opening is sewn almost completely closed. The ‘opening’ is about the size of a pencil eraser, which results in it taking up to 30 minutes to urinate and several days (after menstruation ends) for the blood to slowly drip out. The diseases and infections cause constant pain and sometimes death.
When the girl is married off to the man of her father’s choosing he is presented with a penknife, or worse, as a wedding gift which he will use to open his wife to consummate the marriage. If the husband has to go away a night or more she is sewn shut again until he cuts her open when he comes home.
A percentage of the time the vaginal closing is cut minutes before childbirth though most women are left to endure the baby passing through this small opening only to have whatever vaginal skin wasn’t ripped and torn stretched and used to sew her vagina shut again almost immediately afterwards.
The belief that has been held for countless generations is thus. Female ‘circumcision’ is medically necessary because if not done the female clitoris would grow to hang below a woman’s knees. If circumcision is not done, a child’s head that touches the clitoris during child birth the child will contract a deadly disease. If circumcision is not done and if the man’s penis touched the clitoris during sex he will contract a disease that could make him sterile.
The belief is that if this procedure is not performed the women will not be able to control their sexual desire. In the Muslim world a unmarried woman that loses her virginity is not able to be married off. Being married is about the only security these women can hope for. If a woman that has not has this procedure will be unable to be faithful to her husband. It is common for married men who must be away from their wives for a night or more to sew their wives shut until they return only to slice them open again to have sex. Most of the men won’t marry a woman unless she has been circumcised.
The custom is so embedded in culture than separating the two is almost impossible to do. Middle Eastern countries and a large percent of African countries practice the custom and it is not only accepted but expected.
But this horrific procedure doesn’t just happen ‘somewhere else’. It happens here in America. And it is protected by The Constitution. It is Freedom of Religion. It is only a crime if the girl is under the age of 18. Since the average age of the girls who have this done is between 5 and 10 years old how many cases do you think are reported? I doubt any at all.
I get a pit in my stomach at the knowledge that the Supreme Court of the United States upholds this claim of Religious Freedom. Any and all educated people, I doubt any uneducated ones could ever believe this shit! We know our clitorises don’t grow to be below the knee, so what if it did what are the men afraid our clit’s will be longer than their penis’s? We know that the clitoris does not give babies or men’s penis’s a disease. The lifelong health issues these women endure alone is enough to stop it. And so what if they become so horny they sleep around? That is not against the law. Neither is practicing you’re own religion different from that of your family, ancestors or homeland. This is denial of one’s right to freedom of religion. We know that there are absolutely no medical benefits to this procedure.
And last time I checked performing surgery, which is what this is, in your kitchen with the lid to a tin can is a violent crime!
How can this happen? And I am not associating female circumcision to male circumcision in the way that one is okay and the other is not. Nor am I saying that they are the same. They are separate issues. If one or many or all laws apply to both then apply the laws. But if one law applies to one and not the other then that law shouldn’t apply to either one. I am not going to say that there are no laws that apply to female genital mutilation because there are more than one. It is a sex crime, it is a violent crime, and it is a crime against humanity