“Can you imagine yourself sleeping while someone carves up your genitals? I can’t. Can you imagine passing out from the pain and terror? I can. That is the ‘sleep’ of babies being circumcised. It is the baby’s attempt to escape” – Patricia Robinett
Yesterday I was going through my Gender note, and then decided to watch YouTube videos of cultural practices attributed to gender. I was shocked, disgusted and sad- the videos were terrifying and horrible. How would an insensitive person chop off a woman’s clitoris like it was a piece of meat? How would one seat down and allow this cultural practice to inflict physical and psychological injuries on women? If you think FGM is a cultural practice that is only attributed to Africans, you are quite wrong. Study your environment and listen to the sad stories women from other continent tell. If you also think that FGM is an archaic practice that has long gone been forgotten then you are wrong, the advent of civilization hasn’t done much in putting an end to it.
These young girls who were subjected to this practice were held down with their naked bodies with someone sitting on their chest and another holding their legs and hands tightly while an elderly woman held on to their clitoris chopping it off with a knife-gushing blood like rushing waters. I am of the opinion that marriage to this women was slavery because even after all this rites had taken place, the block headed men who these young girls were married to either exploited, oppressed, dominated or even sent them to early graves.
I am also of the opinion that the reason for Female Genital Mutilation is not to curb chasteness or maintain abstinence, but a way to objectify and commodify these women as sexual objects who would beckon to the call of any man at all times thereby satisfying himself at the expense of the woman’s pleasure. I am of the view that Female Genital Mutilation is as good as subjecting a woman to the form of a sex doll, a plastic without emotions. One of the men in the video documentary accounted that a girl who had undergone this practice was safe from men because she could be sent to faraway places without the fear getting raped because such girls felt nothing, and besides what the men are looking for had been kept away from. I feel that’s a barbaric statement to make- does it mean that when a woman who is sexually assaulted or bedded without her consent and feels nothing or is indifferent to the sexual manipulations on her body it isn’t rape? Does that mean that as long as physical pain is absent, rape is justified? I‘d say, it doesn’t have to be physical before you can experience pain; there are psychological, mental, and other forms of pain felt.
This is one out of several videos-Adult content. https://youtu.be/DjhmVnrLKh0