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How is Female Circumcision Trivialized

How is Female Circumcision Trivialized

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10-01-15 10:29 PMHow is Female Circumcision Trivialized?Page 1 of 6http://www.noharmm.org/trivial.htm
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How
 
is
 
Female
 
Circumcision
 
Trivialized
?
(
In
 
the
 
same
 
manner
 
as
 
male
 
circumcision
,
of 
 
course
!)
NOTE:
 
Links
 
with
 
a
 
right
-
facing
 
blue
 
arrow
 
will
 
take
 
you
 
off 
 
this
 
site
. 
Circumcision 
 
is 
 
cleanliness 
 
if  
 
used 
 
moderately 
 
and 
 
is 
 
useful 
 
to 
 
women 
 
as 
 
well as 
 
men 
." 
[
Mohammed
 
Tantawi
,
leading
 
Islamic
 
religious
 
scholar
,
quoted
 
in
 
the
 
Arabicnewspaper
 
Asharq
 
Al
-
Aswat
,
reported
 
by
 
Miriam
 
Sami
,
Associated
 
Press
 
Writerin
"
Cleric
 
Eases
 
Stand
 
on
 
Female
 
Circumcision
,
Alarming
 
Activists
,"
April
9,1996] 
There 
 
are 
 
problems 
 
of  
 
such 
 
tremendous 
 
magnitude 
 
in 
 
ociety 
 
and 
 
in 
 
our live 
,
f  emale 
 
circumcision 
 ) 
is 
 
not 
probl em 
." 
[28
year
 
old
 
Sudanese
 
maternity
 
hospital
 
resident
,
interview
 
p
. 155,
Prisoners
 
of Ritual
:
Odyssey
 
into
 
Female
 
Genital
 
Circumcision
 
in
 
Africa
,
Hanny
 
Lightfoot
-
Klein
, 1989] 
Our 
 
mothers 
,
aunts 
 
and 
 
sisters 
 
have 
 
been 
 
doing 
 
this 
 
for 
 
years 
 
and 
 
no 
 
one 
 
was complaining 
." 
[
Dr
.
Munir
 
Fawzi
,
Gynecologist
 
at
 
Cairo
s
 
Ain
 
Shams
 
University
,
Dallas
 
MorningNews
, 12/25/96]
 
10-01-15 10:30 PMHow is Female Circumcision Trivialized?Page 2 of 6http://www.noharmm.org/trivial.htm
 
Many 
 
here 
 
dispute 
 
claims 
 
that 
 
there 
 
is 
 
any 
 
health 
 
risk 
 
associated 
 
with 
 
the 
 
age 
old 
 
operation 
..." 
Circumcision 
 
has 
 
no 
 
negative 
 
effects 
 
as 
the 
 
government 
 ) 
claims and 
 
today 
,
with 
 
the 
 
progress 
 
of  
 
medicine 
,
the 
 
operation 
 
can 
 
be 
 
done 
 
without 
 
any danger 
." 
[
Khaled
 
al
-
Sharif 
,
Abnob
 
tribe
 
member
,
quoted
 
in
 
news
 
report
, "
Egyptianfundamentalists
 
ignoring
 
female
 
circumcision
 
ban
," 6
 January
1998,
AgenceFrance
-
Presse
] 
The 
 
ruling 
 
bans 
 
circumcision 
 
unless 
 
deemed 
 
necessary 
 
for 
 
 
female 
 
health 
swelling 
 
of  
 
the 
 
labia 
 
or 
 
clitoris 
,
for 
 
instance 
. " 
 
 
university 
 
professor 
 
and 
 
 
can decide 
 
whether 
 
 
patient 
 
needs 
 
to 
 
be 
 
reduced 
 
or 
 
not 
.
 
will 
 
do 
 
it 
 
for 
 
medical reasons 
," 
he 
 
said 
 
with 
 
 
smile 
.
[
Dr
.
Munir
 
Fawzi
,
gynecologist
,
in
 
news
 
report
, "
Egypt
 
court
 
bans
 
femalemutilation
," 
7
February
1998,
Associated
 
Press
] 
God 
 
forbid 
!" 
Sakina 
 
Ibrahim 
,
60- 
year 
old 
 
village 
 
exclaimed 
 
in 
 
disbelief  
 
when she 
 
heard 
 
of  
 
the 
 
ban 
. " 
This 
 
ruling 
 
won 
 
work 
 
here 
,
it 
 
won 
 
be 
 
obeyed 
," 
she 
 
said 
...." 
It 
 
an 
 
evil 
 
ruling 
," 
interjected 
 
Abdel 
Maguid 
 
Hagar 
, 36. " 
It 
 
will 
 
continue 
 
in secret 
," 
declared 
 
Hamam 
 
Mahmoud 
 
Ali 
, 26.
[
Egyptian
 
citizens
,
quoted
 
in
 
news
 
report
, "
Egypt
 
court
 
bans
 
femalemutilation
," 
7
February
1998,
Associated
 
Press
] 
How 
 
can 
 
we 
 
leave 
 
our 
 
daughters 
 
uncircumcised 
The 
 
government 
 
can 
 
do 
 
what it 
 
wants 
 
and 
 
we 
,
too 
,
will 
 
do 
 
what 
 
we 
 
want 
.
We 
 
will 
 
all 
 
circumcise 
 
our 
 
daughters 
,
no matter 
 
what 
 
the 
 
punishments 
." 
[
Osman
 
Antar
,
mayor
 
of 
 
Sabee
(
Egypt
),
quoted
 
in
 
news
 
report
, "
Egyptianfundamentalists
 
ignoring
 
female
 
circumcision
 
ban
," 6
 January
1998,
AgenceFrance
-
Presse
] 
 
do 
 
see 
 
 
few 
 
cases 
of  
 
emotional 
 
disturbance 
 
from 
 
circumcision 
 ),
but 
 
when you 
 
compare 
 
their 
 
number 
 
to 
 
that 
 
of  
 
the 
 
number 
 
of  
 
women 
 
that 
 
are 
 
circumcised 
,
they 
 
are 
 
very 
 
trivial 
 
indeed 
." 
[
Dr
.
Yahia
 
Oun
 
Alla
,
Sudanese
 
psychiatrist
,
interview
,
p
. 137,
Prisoners
 
of 
 
Ritual
:
Odyssey
 
into
 
Female
 
Genital
 
Circumcision
 
in
 
Africa
,
Hanny
 
Lightfoot
-
Klein
,
 
10-01-15 10:30 PMHow is Female Circumcision Trivialized?Page 3 of 6http://www.noharmm.org/trivial.htm
1989] 
She 
 
says 
 
that 
 
she 
 
thinks 
 
pharaonic 
 
circumcision 
 
is 
 
 
good 
 
practice 
,
and 
 
feels 
 
she has 
 
lost 
 
nothing 
 
by 
 
her 
 
own 
 
circumcision 
.
[
From
"
Interviews
 
with
 
Women
"
History
#5,
p
. 253,
Prisoners
 
of 
 
Ritual
:
Odysseyinto
 
Female
 
Genital
 
Circumcision
 
in
 
Africa
,
Hanny
 
Lightfoot
-
Klein
, 1989] 
She 
 
claims 
 
there 
 
was 
 
no 
 
pain 
 
whatsoever 
when 
 
she 
 
was 
 
circumcised 
 
without anesthetic 
 
at 
 
age 
6).
She 
 
says 
 
she 
 
has 
 
had 
no 
 
problems 
 
at 
 
all 
because 
 
of  
 
her circumcision 
,
and 
 
is 
 
very 
 
happy 
 
about 
 
it 
.
She 
 
feels 
 
that 
 
circumcision 
 
is 
 
 
good practice 
.
[50-
year
-
old
 
Sudanese
 
village
 
housewife
.
From
"
Interviews
 
with
 
Women
"
History
#1,
p
. 247,
Prisoners
 
of 
 
Ritual
:
Odyssey
 
into
 
Female
 
GenitalCircumcision
 
in
 
Africa
,
Hanny
 
Lightfoot
-
Klein
, 1989] 
According 
 
to 
 
 
government 
 
study 
 
earlier 
 
this 
 
year 
, 97 
percent 
 
of  
14,779 
Egyptian women 
 
polled 
 
had 
 
been 
 
circumcised 
Eighty 
 
percent 
 
of  
 
those 
 
circumcised 
 
said they 
 
were 
 
pleased 
 
with 
 
the 
 
results 
.
[
Excerpt
 
from
 
news
 
report
"
Egyptian
 
Court
 
Allows
 
Female
 
Circumcision
,"
Toronto
 
Globe
 
&
 
Mail
,
 June
25, 1997] 
To 
 
defend 
 
themselves 
 
from 
 
feelings 
 
of  
 
inferiority 
,
many 
 
women 
 
deny 
 
that 
 
FGM damages 
 
their 
 
bodies 
 
or 
 
their 
 
sexuality 
.
[
Excerpt
 
from
 
booklet
"
FGM
:
A
 
Call
 
for
 
Global
 
Action
,"
p
. 37,
published
 
byRAINBO
, 1995] 
Until 
 
recently 
,
it 
 
never 
 
occurred 
 
to 
 
me 
 
that 
 
there 
 
was 
 
anything 
 
strange 
 
about women 
’ 
 
circumcision 
." 
[
Ahmed
, 32-
year
-
old
 
Sudanese
 
veterinarian
,
interview
,
p
.124,
Prisoners
 
of 
 
Ritual
:
Odyssey
 
into
 
Female
 
Genital
 
Circumcision
 
in
 
Africa
,
Hanny
 
Lightfoot
-
Klein
,1989] 
They 
parents 
 ) 
do 
 
not 
 
want 
 
her 
 
to 
 
suffer 
 
the 
 
stigma 
 
of  
 
being 
 
different 
 
from 

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