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Female Genital mutilation and male circumcision are not the same

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Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known: as Female Genital cutting (FGC) in Nigeria accounts for the most female genital cutting mutilation (FGM/C) cases worldwide. The practice is considered harmful to girls and women and a violation of human rights. FGM causes infertility, maternal death, infections and loss of sexual pleasure. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

This practice is mostly carried out by traditional circumcisers, without proper knowledge of human anatomy and medicine. Due to immense social pressure and fear of exclusion from the community families conform to the tradition. In Nigeria and other societies, girls who have not gone through FGM/C are considered as unmarriageable, unclean and its a social taboo. In reality, though there is no documentation of this act in the holy texts of these religions.

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Moreover, the historical origin of the practice assets that it predates the advent of all major religions of the world including Islam. FGM is widespread in Nigeria. Some sociocultural determinants have been identified as supporting this avoid able practice. It is still deeply entrenched in the Nigerian society where critical decision makers are grandmothers, mothers, women, opinion leaders and so on. FGM is an extreme example of discrimination based on sex. The WHO is strongly against this medicalization and has advised that neither FGM must be institutionalized nor should any form of this act of any health professional in any setting including hospitals or in home setting. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

Now, over to male circumcision ; Male circumcision is although largely un consented genital surgery that carries potential health risk. Male circumcision does no harm. FGM does.

Male circumcision cuts the foreskin, FGM cuts the clitoris - the two things cut are not even remotely the same. Male circumcision is a 'minor' medication that might even confer health benefits whereas FGM is a drastic intervention with no health benefits, and only causes harm. The prime thoughts process is FGM is to control ladies sexuality ; it is naturally misogynist and biases and is an outflow of male force and mastery. That's simply not valid for the male circumcision. It's presently evident that female genital mutilation and male circumcision are not something very similar.

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