Ouch

Seriously. Ouch. Why would you do that to your penis? Why would you do that to someone elses vagina? What's WRONG with you?

LylaRocks LylaRocks
26-30, F
1 Response Feb 10, 2009

The reason male circumcision began was usually for religious and cleanliness reasons. It is still practiced today for much the same reason, although it's unclear whether the practice DOES actually reduce the risk of diseases such as urinary tract infections.<br />
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Female circumcision (also called Female Genital Mutilation or FGM) has unclear origins, although it is suspected that it began in Africa as early as the 5th century; primarily in Egypt and the surrounding regions. It is usually performed by older women who have been trained to do so.<br />
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Male circumcisions is done either at the infant age (to reduce risk of psychological damage) or as an adult by consent only. It is common in cultures such as the abrahamic faiths (especially Judaism), but is not uncommon in other cultures for medical reasons.<br />
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Female circumcision is prominent mostly in 3rd world countries where knowledge of female sexuality and health is limited. It began probably as a sign of status in Egypt as well as (interestingly enough) a method of making female slaves more desireable because it was supposed to mean that they couldn't have children.<br />
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Female circumcision is considered by many organizations (including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund, the United Nations Population Fund) to be psychologically, physically, and sexually abusive. These groups in particular fight against it and aim to make it illegal world-wide.<br />
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The reason it is considered abusive is in part because of the accepted ages at which this circumcision may be performed: a few days old to 16 years old, which can lead to severe trauma of sexual-mental health. On top of this, the "surgery" is usually performed without anesthesia and with crude tools such as razor blades, knives, scissors, or even pieces of glass. It can take up to 30 minutes depending on how old the girl is and how much she struggles against the people holding her down.<br />
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Also, female circumcision can be considered a method to allow male domination of female sexuality. Usually it is performed in highly male-dominated cultures where female sexuality is frowned upon and virginity until marriage is a requirement. Most of these countries are in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, although I THINK some might also be in Central and South America. I wouldn't quote me on that last bit.<br />
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Because male circumcision in countries like the USA, Canada, and most European countries is usually for medical reasons and almost always involving anesthesia, I'm not as against that. Any time it's not performed on an infant it is always voluntary. Usually female circumcision isn't, is painful, and is very dangerous physically and psychologically. I don't think I'd want my son circumsized, but I KNOW I wouldn't want my daughter circumsized.