How to Protect Girls From Mutilation – ClinicalPosters
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How to Protect Girls From Mutilation

December 10, 2019
by Kevin RR Williams

Thirty-three states within the United States have passed legisla­tion that makes female genital mutilation illegal.

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Female genital mutilation or cutting is done partly for aesthetics and mostly as a ritual. Mutilation is such a strong descrip­tion that some prefer to call it female circum­ci­sion. This seems to align it with, more accept­able, male circum­cision. The latter has biblical origins and is common within major hospitals around the world, often within 10 days of male birth. The former, with ancient Egyptian origins, applies to girls aged 0–15 as a rite of passage.

FGM/C, also known as sunna, gudniin, halalays, tahur, megrez, and khitan, is the partial or total removal of the external female geni­talia. What some consider female castration is often performed with knives, scissors, scalpels, pieces of glass or razor blades by tradi­tional circum­cisers or cutters who lack medical training. In some countries a medical profes­sional does it. There are varia­tions of four different types or levels.

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Kevin Williams is a health advocate and writer of hundreds of articles for multiple websites, including: A Bit More Healthy, KevinMD, and Sue’s Nutrition Buzz.