posted on Mar, 21 2013 @ 05:11 PM
Just reading a book about female mutilation in the Middle East. The book is called Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks.
According to the author, Geraldine Brooks, the mutilation is often done to protect the honor of the male relatives. She describes a common practice
where the entire labia is removed and then acaia thorns are used to close the wound, leaving only a small opening for urine and menstruation. I dont
know the statistics, but this can lead to infection and death. Supposedly this rids the girl of sexual desire, thus keeping her virgin (and preserving
the honor of her male relatives).
On her wedding night, the groom must use his knife to cut an opening for intercourse. I can't began to imagine the pain involved, and it doesn't stop
there. The scar tissue that forms makes childbirth far more painful and dangerous than is typical. Apparently the strain of trying to birth the child
through the scar tissue can cause the woman's bladder to rupture, leaving her with a constant trickle of urine. If the rectal wall tears, the trickle
includes fecal matter. Women with these conditions are often shunned by their fellow villagers.
Interestingly, a lot of Westerners associate female genital mutilation with the practice of Islam. However, from what I've read, the Koran does not
endorse or require the mutilation. It is more of a cultural thing, and Christians in the region also mutilate their girls.
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