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Episode 5 - Female Genital Mutilation

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This month’s all about P.E. - Premies.  

Why Are You Taking My Fun ... FGM??

Though our topic is about Premies, we thought that since not many women know of FGM, we’d introduce it here in this issue.

WHAT IS FGM?

Female Genital Mutilation, FGM, is the partial or complete removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. The clitoris aka “Fun Button” is removed, usually without anesthetic. Usually on girls between infancy and age 15. 

Sounds painful? Wait til you hear how! 

They use tools such as razors, scissors or knives. The practice causes extreme pain and the psychological and physical effects are devastating and can often be life threatening. 

Did you ask, “Who is ‘they’?” Other women! Yes, women mutilating girls! 

FGM has zero health benefits and often results in lifelong health problems, increased risks during childbirth, psychological trauma, and even death. 

FGM = a rite of passage into womanhood, FGM = an extreme form of violence used to control girls’ and women’s sexuality. FGM = a mixture of cultural, social and religious traditions. FGM = practiced mostly in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  

Performing this mutilation on young girls, is supposed to control her behaviors and prepare her for adulthood and marriage. It is the belief that she’ll possess ideals of community, modesty and fidelity.  

FGM stands for Female Genital Mutilation. FGM is a harmful and dangerous practice that involves the outer parts of the vagina- including the labia and the clitoris- being partially or totally removed.  

WHAT ARE THE TYPES?  

There are four main types of FGM (this refers to the diagram below):  

Type I: removal of the clitoral hood, the skin around the clitoris (Ia), with partial or complete removal of the clitoris (Ib);  

Type II: removal of the labia minora (IIa), with partial or complete removal of the clitoris (IIb) and the labia majora (IIc);  

Type III: removal of all or part of the labia minora (IIIa) and labia majora (IIIb), and the stitching of a seal across the vagina, leaving a small opening for the passage of urine and menstrual blood (infibulation). In this particular case (Type III), it's the most detrimental to th woman's health because the vagina is sewn up and merely leaving a very small hole for urinating, menstruation and sexual intercourse. Ouch!  

Type IV: other miscellaneous acts, might or might not include cauterization of the clitoris, cutting of the vagina (gishiri cutting), and using corrosive substances into the vagina to tighten it. This is done in the extreme and rare cases.  

Remember, this is done without aesthetic! On girls between the ages of 3 and 14! 

 FGM, Female Genital Mutilation, is a recognized practice in societies with both gender imbalances and other forms of violence against women.  

FGM, Female Genital Mutilation, is a recognized practice in societies with both gender imbalances and other forms of violence against women!!! 

Why Should You Care?  

About 4 years ago, the USA government discovered that American girls were being transported from the U.S. to their parents’ homeland, specifically to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). These girls are American citizens and children of immigrant parents, who are taken to their parental homeland under the false pretense – “to visit their relatives.”  

Imagine their shock when they arrive and then realize visiting relatives was very low on the agenda. It was trumped by FGM! 

Maybe you feel that this isn’t your problem and no need to concern yourself. Maybe you feel it’s only for those people in Africa. Well, The United Nations has become involved and made FGM a problem to be dealt with, especially because it’s a human rights problem. It’s a child abuse problem. It’s criminal. Well, that’s why you should care!  

Why Should You Care? 

One more thing, mutilated women may die during childbirth or the baby may die. Mutilated women often experience grave genital pain during urination and menstruation. That’s another reason why you should care. Woman to woman.  


So What Should You Do? 

Well, first, the fact that you’re reading this blurb about it, is a start. Maybe reading more articles to learn more about FGM.  

Then, in the vein of empowering another woman, team together with some survivors to come together as one, and not be silent. Just as you DID NOT know about it, there are others who DON’T knows.  

Send them a copy of this article. Read more about what we can do on www.clitoraid.org. S.W.E.L.L. for Women is one of its supporters to their efforts in helping the survivors of FGM, Female Genital Mutilation.  

As women –SWELL for Women, are advocates for women, for women to know that they are valued, to know they are protected!! 

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