Female Genital Mutilation

   FMG, or female circumcision, is the intentional partial removal of the clitoris practiced for traditional cultural and religious reasons in the Middle East, including the Kurdish areas. Advocates argue that it reduces the sexual desire of women and thus makes them eligible for marriage and less likely to be unfaithful to their husbands. Critics correctly dismiss such ignorant claims and point out that the practice can lead to long-term health problems, including infection, painful sexual intercourse, psychological trauma, and sterility. The problem is particularly prevalent among many Kurdish women, even in the diaspora. In recent years, there has been an attempt to end FGM, but the practice continues because of its sensitive nature and its frequent association with conservative religious beliefs.

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  • Female genital mutilation — Description Partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs, for non medical reasons Areas practiced Western, eastern, and north eastern Africa, Middle East, Near East, Southeast Asia… …   Wikipedia

  • female genital mutilation — n clitoridectomy esp. as a cultural rite sometimes with removal of the labia that is now outlawed in some nations including the U.S. abbr. FGM called also female circumcision …   Medical dictionary

  • Female Genital Mutilation — Als Beschneidung weiblicher Genitalien (auch Mädchenbeschneidung oder Frauenbeschneidung; engl.: Female Genital Cutting, FGC) werden kulturell verankerte Praktiken bezeichnet, bei denen weibliche Geschlechtsteile teilweise oder ganz entfernt… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • female genital mutilation — noun Date: 1979 clitoridectomy especially as a cultural rite sometimes with removal of the labia that is now outlawed in many nations including the U.S. abbreviation FGM; called also female circumcision compare infibulation …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • female genital mutilation — noun the practice of cutting the clitoris, either as a ritualistic nick, or by clitoral circumcision, or by clitoridectomy, sometimes with infibulation; illegal in Australia. Abbrev.: FGM Also, female circumcision …   Australian English dictionary

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  • Female genital cutting — (FGC), also known as female genital mutilation (FGM), female circumcision or female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female… …   Wikipedia

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  • Mutilation — or maiming is an act of physical injury that degrades the appearance or function of any living body, usually without causing death. Contents 1 Usage 2 Punishment 3 Mutilation as human punishment 4 Footnotes …   Wikipedia

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