FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (OR FGM)
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© September 2016, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
This practice is supported in practice, though not in theory, by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton.
Definition. Female genital mutilation, or FGM, is the removal of part or all of the clitoris of a young girl, teenager or adult woman. The clitoris is a small tuft of erectile tissue that lies at the top of the vagina, right near the opening of the urethra (where a woman urinates).
The clitoris responds to stimulation very much the way a man’s penis responds. It becoming engorged with blood, and it gives a woman a tingling sensation in that area of the body.
THE EFFECTS OF FGM
These can be divided into effects at the time of the procedure, and effects that occur as a result of it.
Effects at the time of the procedure:
1. FILTH. Female genital mutilation or FGM is one of the most barbaric practices in the entire world. It is often done at home, under filthy conditions, with a dirty kitchen knife, and with no anesthesia.
2. HEAVY BLEEDING, SOMETIMES TO DEATH. There is often terrible bleeding, and many young women die from the blood loss. No effort is usually made to stop the bleeding, which is difficult to stop even in a hospital.
3. EXTREME PAIN. FGM is far more painful, shaming and maiming than rape. I am expressing the situation in these terms because the comparison is fairly valid, although there are differences, of course.
It is extremely painful because it is a very sensitive area of the body. It is rare that any attempt is made to numb or anesthetize the area. The pain alone makes many women go unconscious.
4. INFECTION, SOMETIMES TO DEATH. Not only is FGM barbaric, painful and disfiguring. It may cause infection for at least five reasons. These are:
a) This area of the body is hard to keep perfectly dry and clean, and it tends to be a seat of infections.
b) There may be a lot of bleeding from the operation, and the blood loss can contribute to infection.
c) The nations where FGM is done are often unclean, with very unsanitary conditions.
d) The procedure is often done using unsanitary instruments and improper or no sterilization methods.
e) Many times, the girls are poor and malnourished, and this can also increase the tendency for infections and other complications.
5. TOTAL HUMILIATION AND TOTAL ANGER
The girl or young woman is often stretched out naked on the kitchen table of the home, or on a dirty floor. Besides her nakedness, she is often stimulated by her father sexually by rubbing the breasts roughly until she begins to orgasm. After at least 10 orgasms (that is the law), he pulls out the knife, which is often dirty, and does the deed.
The immediate effect on a girl, in particular, is devastating that her parents would do such a thing, often as her brothers and sisters watch and giggle nervously. When it is over, she is left alone and not even comforted. It is considered a “lesson” to teach her to behave with more “respect” to her father.
You must know that most women in the Arab countries go through this experience, and most have it when they are under 10 years old. Another small number have it as teens, and a few have it in their twenties.
Some husbands-to-be demand an “inspection” before they will take a woman for their wife. If she still has her clitoris, he insists it be cut off. The young woman, of course, has no say in the matter and must submit or be killed.
Lasting effects after the procedure, if one survives:
1. PAIN INSTEAD OF SEXUAL PLEASURE
The clitoris is a main site of sexual pleasure for women. After this procedure, a woman rarely feels any sexual pleasure. Instead, there is pain on coitus, which of course the woman must endure for the rest of her life.
Those who suggest this procedure know this well, and it is sometimes one of the goals of the operation. It is done to “teach her a lesson” to obey her husband or another man without question, and sadly, it often works. The punishment for the next infraction of the rules is death, the women are told, and murder for disobeying a man is not against the law in the Middle East.
2. SCARRING AND DISFIGUREMENT
The operation of FGM often leaves scars, skin tags, and other things that mark a woman for life. This adds to a woman’s shame, in fact, and it can be one of the goals of the practice to shame women.
3. DIFFICULTY OR PAIN UPON URINATING, FOR LIFE
Most women who experience FGM have damage to the opening of the urethra. This happens easily because this opening is very close to the clitoris. Scar tissue forms in the area after the procedure. As a result, there is often pain and trouble urinating.
This might include difficulty fully emptying the bladder, leakage of urine or incontinence, and unusual sensations in this area of the body.
4. EMOTIONAL EFFECTS OF FGM
FGM makes a woman so angry and so distraught, that in some cases, the woman goes crazy. If she does not, she usually shuts down emotionally because the entire procedure is such an emotional shock and horror, and usually there is nothing one can do about it.
If it is done to a young girl – age 4 or older is okay by law, the parents often support the idea. Mother often holds her down while father does the deed. It is disgusting, and the parents become her instant enemy. It tears apart families, and instills hatred in the hearts of all women who experience it – which most do, in the Middle Eastern Arab nations.
It completely ruins any relationship the girl or young woman had with her parents. Women also hate all men, as a result of this procedure, including possibly her future male children.
In this way, FGM has serious sociological consequences that help explain the horror of life in the Middle East today, for example, and the horror of life in Northern Africa and parts of Asia, as well.
The girl’s mother is usually horrified, by the cries of pain of her child. Too often, however, mother is forced to block her tears or she will be beaten and raped some more. So she just accepts it as part of the lot of girls in many Islamic nations.
It also affects every Islamic woman’s self-esteem, dignity, and self worth as a woman. This is one of the misogynous (woman-hating) procedures imaginable.
5. MENTAL EFFECTS
FGM always alters a girl’s mind and her general mental status. The trauma of the procedure, and its results, have an effect like a bad rape, which may precede the procedure.
In fact, often the father of the girl or young woman tickles the clitoris until the girl has an orgasm – even a four-year-old. Then, when the clitoris is erect, he does the deed. This causes even more bleeding, more pain, and more horror.
It takes months for most girls and women to recover from the procedure, and even then, their brain has often been altered for life. There is a correspondence between the clitoris and the brain, and those who promote the procedure know that it dulls the mind – one of the goals of the procedure.
OTHER TOPICS RELATED TO FGM
FGM IS NOT FEMALE CIRCUMCISION
At times, FGM is falsely called “female circumcision”. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Circumcision of boys or men in the Islamic tradition is usually done at about the same age as FGM in the girls.
However, for boys, at this age, circumcision is relatively mild, and fairly safe operation that usually is done with anesthesia. In contrast, FGM in some nations is done with no anesthesia, and it is extremely painful and dangerous.
Male circumcision at the age of 8 to 10 rarely affects sexual feelings very much. However, it can make a young man very angry. FGM, however, has profound effects upon sexual feelings and the brain.
Male circumcision, when done at all, can be justified for cleanliness. However, the cleanliness argument does not apply at all to the removal of the clitoris in girls and young women.
Please do not become confused on this subject. The circumcision argument is commonly used as a completely false excuse to continue the horror of FGM.
To read much more about circumcision, please read Circumcision on this website.
HOW MANY WOMEN ARE AFFECTED, AND WHERE?
According to recent statistics, at least 200 million girls and young women have experienced FMG. Most live in about 30 nations in Africa and in the Middle East (except not in Israel, which would never even think of allowing such a horror).
It may also occur in a minor way in parts of South America, parts of India and Pakistan, and in some areas of Asia.
WHY IS IT DONE?
The reasons are mainly to control women. FGM makes women more manageable and docile. It ruins their self-esteem, as do the rapes that are common in these same societies.
Specific reasons for the procedure in the nations of the Middle East are:
1. Resisting the sexual advances of any man who wants to have sex with you.
2. Disobeying one’s husband in any way.
3. Causing a man to be embarrassed in any way.
4. Causing another woman to resist the sexual advances of a man.
Women are forced to have the operation and are told it is for their own good. Some are told falsely that the Israelis are to blame, if it hurts. This is the kind of people who do the FGM.
Some falsely believe that FGM is a “cultural norm” that must be continued or the society will fall apart. Indeed it will, because it needs to in order to stop the maiming of women.
Other reasons for FGM are more bizarre, stemming from theories - or really fears - about women’s sexuality and an attempt to stop it. Some books that are available through Amazon.com and other book outlets discuss this. In these cases, it is clearly a misogynous (meaning woman-hating) aspect of some cultures that believe that women deserve this type of torture.
Sad to say, FGM is found mainly among followers of Islam. It is becoming more common today, thanks to the rise of radical Islam. This does not condemn the entire religion. However, this is the only religion on the planet I know of that allows it and even suggests it for some “crimes” such as resisting a rape.
SECRET MAIMING OF WOMEN
Not only is FGM one of the most barbaric, painful and disfiguring practices the world has ever known. It is also one of the most secretive.
Few are willing to talk about it, or to discuss what to do about it, including the women themselves. They are often threatened with death or other punishments if they object to it or discuss it with strangers from outside the tribe or family.
NUTRITIONAL BALANCING FOR FGM
Nutritional balancing is proving helpful to undo some of the psychological and mental damage that results from FGM. The mental effects, in particular, may be reversible using a complete nutritional balancing program to:
1. Retrace the trauma of the operation.
2. Balance and strengthen the entire body and brain.
In fact, some women report that following a complete nutritional balancing program with one of the Approved Practitioners only who are listed on this website has been the only program that has given them relief and healing of the mind after FGM, even if years have passed since the trauma.
A very important an unusual aspect of the program is to rub the feet at least once, and better yet, twice or three times daily. This is called reflexology, and it has a profound balancing and strengthening effect on the brain. The most important reflex area on the feet that must be stimulated daily are the toes, which correspond to the head in terms of reflexes. Fairly firm pressure is needed to obtain these results.
I want to bring to your attention this rather widespread and growing, horrible practice against the bodies of young women in our world. If you have never heard of it, now you are aware of it. Efforts are underway to eradicate it worldwide, but they depend, in part, upon many more people knowing about it.
To read more about it, type “female genital mutilation” into a search engine on the internet. Several books have also been written about it over the past 20 years that are available via the internet and at some book stores.
1. Unicef Report On Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting: http://www.unicef.org/media/files/FGCM_Brochure_Lo_res.pdf