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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

FGM

The World Health Organization has recently strongly condemed Female Genital Mutilation which is a traditional African/muslim act. I was a little surprised and very pleased to hear this. Some people try to equate male circumcision with FGM and conclude that they are equally horrid. I disagree completely. Male circumcision can improve the health and cleanliness of both sex partners. FGM only harms females and puts them at risk for death during childbirth as well as a much greater chance of contracting STD's, which in Africa, you can imagine, is practically a death sentence itself. This argument doesn't even touch on the fact that FGM is still performed frequently in the most gruesome, unsanitary manner which is torture to the young girl. So I am glad to see that WHO has taken a stand against it. Hopefully this practice will come to an end in my generation.

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