Essay on Circumcision And Female Genital Mutilation

1149 Words Nov 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
Circumcision and female genital mutilation procedures have been practiced in traditions for thousands of years. Due to the ongoing traditional practices of circumcision and female genital mutilation, results show that there are many different negative effects on some males and females who go through these procedures. These procedures have been debated upon due to their long term effects even though they are a part of religious practices. Some believe that circumcising girls and boys at a young age is a form of child abuse and violates their human rights due to the fact that they are not able to give consent on whether or not they want to go through with the procedure (Harbinson, 2015).
Female genital mutilation has been shown to have significant negative effects on girls who go through the procedure at a young age. Girls who have had the procedure suffered psychological and emotional effects as well as infection, high fevers, weight loss, shock, tetanus, trouble urinating, and even death (Ratliff & Hill, 2016).
On the other hand, circumcision has different effects on males. It has been shown that the positive effects on males outweighs the negative effects, rather than female genital mutilation, which has been shown to be harmful for females. “Circumcision might have positive effects on mental health, may contribute father-son empathy, and activate masculine drives in children” (Aydogmus et al., 2016). “We hypothesized that adult circumcision may change body image and social…

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