Female Circumcision: Good Tradition or Not

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Female Circumcision: Good Tradition or Not

Traditions often make positive contributions to a

culture or society, but sometimes fall short and need to be

reevaluated. The African tradition of female circumcision

is one of the few traditions that needs to be reevaluated.

Originally, female circumcision was practiced to ensure

female virginity until marriage. Today people are

educated, and more open to the fact that women are not

possessions, they are able to make their own decisions on

what they would like to be done to their body. Therefore

there isn't a need for this tradition.

Female circumcision is a very dangerous and sometimes

deadly tradition. The procedure is not preformed by

licensed doctors, it is preformed using unsterilized tools

that are extremely painful to the female. There are many

side effects to this procedure.

The immediate risks after the procedure are hemorrhage, severe pain, and infection. The most severe consequence is death due to excessive blood loss.

Long term complications include scarring, interference with the drainage of urine and menstrual blood, chronic urinary tract infections, pelvic and back pain, and infertility. Sexual intercourse can be painful. Complications of childbirth are also a risk. It is unclear whether it is related to the procedure itself, or related to the general condition of medical practice, but infant and maternal death rates are generally higher in those communities where female circumcision is practiced. (Altha Roberts Edgren).

Dr. Adeline Apena said "Female circumcision has been

perceived as an act of barbarism, savagery, torture and

maiming which deprives African women of their femininity,

especially with regard to sexual sensitivity and pleasure."

Female circumcision is an abuse of a woman's

individual rights. "The young girls and women who undergo

circumcision do not have individual legal status and rights

apart from those of their communities and...