' FGM, Or Female Genital Mutilation?
What Tashi fails to realize before she makes this decision is what it will truly do to her body; however, over the course of the rest of her life she cruelly learns through the horrible effects she endures. For example, once she moves to America and marries her husband, sexual intercourse proves to be excruciating for her. It was years before she was able to successfully conceive a child, but her agony was still not over. While giving birth, her son became stuck in her birth canal due to the obstruction that was her narrowly sewn together vagina, resulting in a near fatal loss of blood and her son’s lifelong developmental delays. She was never able to conceive another child, continued to struggle with the physical side of her relationship with her husband, faced painful periods due to a tiny opening that barely allowed blood to pass, and much more. Should Tashi have avoided this procedure, her life would have been filled with significantly less pain, leading to the idea that this practice needs to stop. It has absolutely no medical benefits, but is brimming with health consequences, most of which are long term. Overall, the physical effects this practice has on women contribute to the argument that it is an inhumane tradition that needs to end, for it only causes tremendous agony and lifelong health