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Female Genital Mutilation


Our eyes from birth are programmed to enjoy beauty, colours and appreciate nature. Why aren’t they plucked out as they are also prone to see evil and lead us into temptation without necessarily delivering us from the said evil?

If that sounds ridiculous to pull off, why then are women physically deterred from enjoying one of the most beautiful things the human body has to offer?

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) otherwise referred to as circumcision, is the removal of some or all of the external female genitalia for non medical reasons. There are absolutely no health benefits for girls or women and is totally unnecessary.

Female sexuality is said to be insatiable if the clitoris specifically is not removed. FGM is done as a means to prevent masturbation and is thought to ensure virginity, purity, modesty, beauty and fidelity. It is also said to heighten male sexual pleasure which is arrant nonsense because how would a man enjoy sex with a woman who doesn’t know what it feels like to be “horny” or “turned on” thus can’t be naturally lubricated, and is frigid in bed? Isn’t that akin to rape?

See Also: 5 amazing facts about the clitoris

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This right here is the major reason why many women ‘fake it’ in the bedroom. Besides, don’t females have the right to sexual pleasure too?

Women rely on clitoral stimulation for orgasms so the fact that there are women with NO clitoris to stimulate befuddles me. The fact that there are women out there who have not experienced toe curling, knee jerking, and eye popping orgasms is beyond me. The saddest part is they were not even given a choice.

In 2016 alone, UNICEF estimated that 200million women have undergone the process in 27 countries in Africa. Female Circumcision is carried out from days after birth to puberty and beyond. The cutting differs according to the country or ethnic group. They include;

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  • The removal of the clitoral hood and glans
  • The removal of the inner and outer labia
  • The closure of the vulva (infibulation)

In the last process, the clitoris and labia are not only removed, but the edges of the vulva are also sewn shut to prevent sexual intercourse… (Because the hymen is not enough *rolls eyes*) A small hole is left for pee and menstrual fluid. On the wedding night, the husband of the victim (yes, victim) opens it up himself a little for intercourse and it is further opened when she is about to have a baby. This is such a barbaric struggle for things that can be done effortlessly.

Some states in Nigeria still knee deep in this inhumane practice are; Nassarawa, Kaduna Osun, Oyo, Bayelsa, Ekiti, Imo and Ebonyi. Women over the years have been manipulated and mentally poisoned into thinking it is a thing of honour and they see uncircumcised women as immoral and unclean.

This creation of a physical barrier to sex and child birth that GOD did not put there has been linked to menstrual and urination disorders, recurrent bladder, UTI, anaemia, painful sexual intercourse, haemorrhage, tetanus etc. The health risks are endless but there are also psychological effects; Emotional disconnect from spouse, marital conflict, anxiety, depression, sexual dysfunction etc. WHO strongly advises against female circumcision as the practice is also responsible for a large number of mother and child mortality.

It shows a high level of gender inequality and an intense double standard system. It is a violation of the human rights of girls and women and is also an infringement of the rights of children because the practice is usually carried out on minors who have no say. It exposes them to health hazards and takes away their choice for future sexual pleasure because in case you have not been listening, a circumcised woman enjoying vaginal sex is rarer than a diamond in the dirt.

Ms Ssygala, is the mother of two rambunctious kids and blogging is her last line to sanity

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