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Female Circumcision?
7/11/07, 8:29am
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This seems to be a growing issue in England. It's an African and Middle Eastern tradition/ritual. Ouch!

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/07/10/britain.
female.circumcision.ap/index.html

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Re: Female Circumcision?
7/13/07, 9:14am
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This is such a horrible problem, but it is deeply rooted in religious values. As the article says, it is practiced by both Muslims and Christians and -- obviously -- it is due to the antiquated views that women are to be tools for their significant others and no more (i.e., they can't enjoy sex).

I am not a doc, but it stands to reason that the clitoris is akin to the glans head of a penis. This procedure, then, is akin to cutting off the head of a man's penis so as to prevent sexual stimulation.

I suppose we could try and educate in this regard, but still, I don't think there is a way to stop this... other than hoping that newer generations will see the barbarity.

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