Female Mutilation

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Cover Art for 9781742576077, Female Mutilation by Burrage Hilary
ISBN: 9781742576077
Publisher: New Holland Publishers
Published: 30 March, 2016
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the partial or complete removal of the external female genitals for cultural rather than medical or religious reasons. It is performed in some African, South American, Asian and Middle Eastern countries. The term ‘female mutilation’ is a Western concept and may be insulting to a person who considers that circumcision is in the best interests of their female child. Practitioners believe the procedure enhances a girl’s health, hygiene, chastity, fertility and marriage prospects. This book takes an indepth look at the controversial cultural practice, which is also carried out illegally in the Western world where ethnic minorities live. It analyses the different types of FGM practised an provides an overview of the different cultures and religious persuasions that deem this to be acceptable and even prefereable for their daughters. Alarmingly, in many cases the procedure is performed by medically untrained practitioners using unsterilised equipment. The complications and health risks associated with the procedure are also discussed.There are many personal stories from women affected and the profound effect that FGM has had on their lives is recounted. Professional medical, political, and anti FGM campaigners’ opinions are all included.

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