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Friday, March 5, 2010

The Savage Practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female Genital mutilations is an excruciating painful procedure, often performed without anesthesia causing injury to the female genital organs. Those committing these barbaric humiliating acts, mainly in Africa and Asia, have decided to change the name of this horrific process to Female Genital Cutting (FGC). Several psychological effects are anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress disorder.

Some physical side effects are urinary and reproductive tract infections, scarring, infertility, cyst growth, postpartum hemorrhage and death. The cowards who promote the procedure hide under the pretext of “tradition & culture” but it is important for the world to know that the main reason behind it is to eliminate sexual pleasure. One may often wonder why generations of women pass this savage practice to their daughters and granddaughters and the answer is simple – they have been brainwashed since a young age when they too had to go through this procedure.

Efforts to stop these barbaric acts have been hindered by the uneducated and backward groups who point at the “cultural imperialism” of western countries. Families, who live in countries such as England, where genital mutilation is illegal, often send their children back to their homeland in
Africa or Asia to commit these backwards procedures or they perform the acts in secrecy. Unfortunately, governments who have rendered these acts as illegal often do not punish their residents and citizens because they consider the cases a “low priority” or they may not want to get involved because it's "politically incorrect" to stop a savage "cultural practice."

According to Amnesty international, 130 million women have undergone FGM. The United Nations has declared February 6 as International Day Against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). To learn more, you may visit

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