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Female genital Mutilation

 
 
Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2004 05:16 pm
Hi there,

I would like to challenge Africans to come in the open and discuss issues that affect their daily lives including female genital mutilation. How long will we be silent and indifferent to our sisters' suffering in the name of Culture?
Let's discuss this further
Angelafi
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AngelAfi
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2004 05:18 pm
I am interested in discussing FGM TOO
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2004 05:38 pm
There have been and are movements to put an end to this. Many articles, too. Why don't you formulate what bothers you most or post some more specific questions/points for debate? We can take it from there.
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clubafrika
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 02:57 pm
It's still practiced in my country Kenya. But the sisters are fighting back !!





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ebrown p
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 03:04 pm
Who are "the sisters"?
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clubafrika
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 05:17 pm
The more elightened and educated.

As the older generation dies away, the younger men are toeing the line too !!





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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 05:42 pm
That is great news, Clubafrika - and welcome.
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ngei
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2006 08:27 am
Female genital multilatio
Are they women or girls still doing this practice in Africa? If yes for what good it is to their health in this modern world.Can some one who did it give me her experiences
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msolga
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2006 08:31 am
Welcome ngei & clubafrica. Very Happy

I'm very interested in hearing what you have to say.
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2006 08:32 am
The thought of it sickens me. Those who practice it should be spayed or neutered, like the animals they are.
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material girl
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2006 08:32 am
I know Im too old but if someone even suggested otdo that to me, theyd have a huge fight on thier hands.

Good luck with achieving the goal.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2006 08:48 am
why dont people fight circumcision like this?

Cutting off a piece of a mans penis is just as brutal as cutting off the labia of a woman.

Granted, FGM in african tribes also includes cutting off most of the clitoris wich usually effects the womans ability to urinate. This causes HUGE infections and kills a great number of women.

Circumcision usually does not cause this .. unless it is done in an unsterile environment .

But, we still think it is ok to mutilate a mans penis, remove a PIECE of it and it is acceptable?!
Yet, for a woman it isnt?
I am NTO SAYING it is ok to do this to a woman. Do not mistake my post for being a pro-FGM.
I think it is a horrible , unnecessary thing to do.

I just wonder why noone fights for mens genitals like this?
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2006 08:53 am
like the animals they are? are you serious? Shocked

it is a cruel and despicable practice and i am whole-heartedly against it. but one does have to know the culture, history, and mythology around. there are plenty resources online. just google it, learn a little, then formulate statements.

as with male circumcision or female feet binding in china, about which we know a some more in the west than about fgm...
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2006 08:55 am
that was a response to cjhsa...i guess that wasn't clear at all from my post.
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2006 08:58 am
I do not understand why it could ever be thought necessary to mutilate the genitalia of children of either sex....and actually I really dont want to know.
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2006 09:05 am
Actually, I have no problem with circumcision, as it doesn't affect a man's ability to enjoy sex. Removal of the clitoris, which is what we're talking about here, is a barbaric, animalistic practice, that as Shewolf said, kills many women.
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material girl
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2006 09:09 am
Removal of th clitoris!!!!

I just thought they sewed up the vaginal entrance just enough so menstruel blood could get through!!!

Removing the clitoris, jesus, I suppose its down to religion and men not wanting women to enjoy sex!!
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2006 09:10 am
yes, it does seem uncomprehensible from where we are, at this time in history... good old chastity belts seem harmless compared to that.

luckily there are growing women groups that save girls from mutilation - sort of asylum houses - i know mostly about kenya and egypt. hopefully the women and human rights movement will achieve its abolishment from law and practice soon. it's a process that's on its way. rape was outlawed only recently in some african countries (liberia at least), thus the road ahead for women's rights will still be long. but at least many africans are stirred up and working hard at promoting rights and educating others.

what bothers me is how little we know yet how fast we are to flatly denounce things, without making any effort to know more. as if we were some superior human beings that can preach from pulpits.
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2006 09:11 am
MG, female genital mutilation has various forms - in some cases it's clitoris, in others it's the vaginal entrance.
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material girl
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2006 09:19 am
I dont htink pointless mutilation of a very personal part of the human anatomy has to be thought about.

If it is of some benefit then the child can grow up, become an adult and have it done when they are old enough to make the decision.

I think what angers me more is that somebody else makes the choice for the child.
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