Where, What, Who and How of Female Suppression
Female genital mutilation is a growing, rather than a declining
practice. An estimated 110 million women have undergone genital mutilation in the
Female genital mutilation is practiced in: Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia,
Kenya, Egypt, Uganda, Tanzania, Djibouti, Central Africa, Nigeria, Ghana,
Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Senegal, the Gambia,
Mauritania, Liberia, Togo, Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Zaire, Chad, Niger, Libya,
Female genital mutilation is practiced in Indonesia, Malaysia, India,
Yemen, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.
Female genital mutilation is practiced in France, Britain, Holland,
Italy, Germany, and Czechoslovakia.
Female genital mutilation is practiced in Australia.
Female genital mutilation is practiced in Peru and Upper Amazonia.
Female genital mutilation is practiced in Mexico, Canada, and in the
USA, where approximately 13,000 girls are at risk of genital mutilation.
Immigration Spreads Female Genital Mutilation
Daughters are being mutilated no matter where they live. The practice is
purportedly attributed to the Islam religion or some other tradition;
whether it is practiced depends on the community's beliefs, not a
Continues Under Protection of Religion
Senator Nancy Kassenbaum, Kansas, in a powerful committee meeting
addressing USA support of the United Nations Convention to End All Forms
of Discrimination Against Women, stated something to effect that we could
not interfere with the religious practices of other peoples.
This despite the fact that every other industrialized country has signed
on to the Convention, bringing the total over 135 countries. Noticeably the
country with the most prolific patriarchal religions, through that Foreign
Relations Committee of the United States Senate, did not deem it
"politically correct" to sign.
No Historic Foundation in Islam
So worldwide female genital mutilation is one of the inhumane acts our
government condones because the Senate committee considered it a
religious practice. The Convention was not brought out of committee for
open discussion before the Senate. Excision, or clitoridectomy, is viewed as an act of purity, demanded by men
before they marry. But nothing in the Koran explicitly mandates excision.
Male Circumcision and Female Excision
These acts of circumcision have become viewed as taking "spirits" that
inhabit both girls and boys, a necessary step of primitive cultures towards
sexual maturity. The major differences between the circumcision is that
male circumcision is a modification, while female excision is
Circumcision of the Clitoris
This act of female genital mutilation is done with knives, razor blades or
scissors. The very tip of the clitoris is cut off. No anesthesia is
available in most cases. In parts of Mexico and South America, the sign of
the cross is cut lightly on the clitoris of the baby when she is just a few
This act of female genital mutilation is the removal of the clitoris, all or
part of the inner vascular connective-tissue folds bounding the external
parts of the genital organ and sometimes part of the outer fatty folds as well.
This act of female genital mutilation is the removal of the clitoris, the
inner folds and much of the outer folds; then, the remaining sides are
stitched together, sometimes with acacia thorns, to close up the vagina,
leaving only a small opening.
Brainwashing by Patriarchy Must be Overcome
Infibulation, which has nothing to do with any religion, constitutes the
most eloquent expression of the control exercised by the patriarchal
system over female sexuality. Mothers and grandmothers are the immediate
carriers of this "sexual disease" forcing girls to endure the offensive and
humiliating butchery for economic "reasons." Women already submerged in
ignorance imposed upon them by the poverty, inadequate nutrition and
hopelessness in their lives believe the demands of men for virgin
Global Communication of Sisters
At the Fourth United Nations Conference On Women in Bejing, researchers
brought renewed consciousness in the form of stories where young girls
are viciously forced to undergo infibulation just before menstruation
begins to assure that they will be "virgin" therefore, fit to marry. The
reality is that men now rape the younger girls before the procedure
because "we have to relieve ourselves."
Men, too, have been brainwashed by religions. Their "seed" is holy and
needs a vessel to receive it. Through God's permission they can, in fact,
must, use women for sexual release.
Male Sexual Release
The bible says "Do not spill your seed upon the earth." If men do not want
to, or cannot find, a suitable consenting female, another alternative comes
to mind. Because their "seeder" is easily available they could embark upon
immediate and disease-free hands-on sexual release if they get right down to it.
Use of the word, masturbation, will take us all to hell. For instructions, call Doctor Ruth.
For more complete description on these atrocities against women write for
the paperback "Facts About Female Genital Mutilation."
My thanks to Kathryn Woods and Meghan Clouse, for the information in
"Facts About Female Genital Mutilation" published 1994, by
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