Female Mutilation And Female Genital Cutting Essay

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Female Mutilation also known as female circumcision and female genital cutting is a very popular practice in many countries in Africa and also known to be practiced in The Middle East and parts of Asia. Female genital cutting is a very popular practice in the non-western world and because this is relatively unknown in western culture, the thoughts on this practice are generally always negative in response to hearing it. The way it is done and most of the time forced upon these woman and young girls highlights the real reason on why people think so negatively about it. The customs and practices in these cultures are so prominent in their daily lives that this is something that you have to do, even if you do not want it. The male dominance is these countries also puts pressure on women as they usually do not have a say and are looked down upon and seen lesser as a person and not equal to the man. This practice as described by UNICEF “refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” A western perspective on this practice is generally looked at with moral outrage and responses to this practice, especially in Africa can provide problematic and productive responses. Looking further into the issue, there could be a way to move forward from these generalized responses and establish positive thoughts about this non-western practice.


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