What is Female Genital Mutilation?
In the most simplest terms. FGM is the removal of the clitoris, clitoral hood, the vagina lips and most times "infibulation" which means to sew up the vagina leaving only a small hole for urine and menstrual flow.
In many parts of sub-saharan and northeast Africa, female circumcision is practiced, usually on teenage girls. The highest recorded case of FGM is in Somaliland with 98% practices, followed by Guinea with 96% and other African countries.
This is no time to shy away from the topic, plenty ladies live in perpetual agony because of this inhumane act. Someone who has gone through a surgery once knows how painful it is when the analgesic wears off, could you imagine how these girls bear the excruciating pains before and after the exercise? Usually, it is done with a sharp razor or knife, which most times are not sterilized; leaving the young girls vulnerable to tons of diseases. Imagine walking around with stitches in your vagina.
Why do they do this?
Most African societies believe it'd curb the rate of premarital sex, so to ensure that the husband is the first to have sexual knowledge of the girl. Though the intentions are good, this is ridiculously wicked.
First, fidelity or chastity is an act of personal conviction. Even infibulation cannot stop a promiscuous girl. Shouldn't the society and all concerned be more interested in inculcating good morals in young ladies than acting as surgeons, inexperienced as they are?
Female Genital Mutilation is an I'll wind that blows no one good, not to the victims, the men or the society at large. On the wedding night, the husband has to use a knife to cut open the threads before he can sleep with his new wife and who receives all the pains? How women suffer!
It might lead to keloidal growths in the vagina, which don't look so nice. Also, since most intricate parts of the vagina are removed during the practice, it'd lead to sexual dissatisfaction on the woman's part, because her major stimulators have been removed.
Can't we see FGM needs to be nipped in the bud? This is no culture, it is the highest barbarism! I advocate for the end of Female Genital Mutilation in Africa. Together, we can stop this.
Say NO to FGM today.
Okoye Precious Onyekachi