Female Genital Mutilation Essay

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Imagine this! Being either a young girl or a woman forcefully bound against your will while elders perform a procedure called Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The young girls and women who are forced to have this procedure done not only loses their rights to sexual pleasure but their rights are sliced, chopped, punctured, and finally burnt away. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) otherwise known as Female Genital Circumcision (FGC) is also a controversial topic in Western societies. This paper will examine the history of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), hegemonic perspective on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), health consequences of having this procedure done, how Female Genital Mutilation ...view middle of the document...

” Societies who use hegemonic principals for control will give a little power to their subordinate group(s) so they can retain their majority power. The dominant group(s) will negotiate with the subordinates so they feel as though they have some form of power and control. When looking at hegemony through the ritual of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), it threatens Westerns societies (the dominant groups) control in human rights (Grande, 2004, pp. 1-23). For the dominant group(s) (Western societies) certain bodily modifications violate their superiority over what is an appropriate bodily change. Western Societies argue that Female Mutilation (FGM) limits a woman’s sexual pleasure and fulfillment so men can control their sexuality (Grande, 2004, pp. 1-23). Its’ also been argued by Western societies that Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is used to put women in inferior categories both horizontally and vertically (Grande, 2004, pp. 1-23).
In another study done by Western society researchers, it argue that Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) oppresses both young girls and women of this generation and future generations (Smith, 2011, pp. 25-46). For this study, the researchers studied and read other Western societies research on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) (Smith, 2011, pp. 25-46). From the research and data collected, it was documented that the some of the researchers watched the practiced of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and then noted how the procedure was barbaric and reinforced social hierarchies in the African continent (Smith, 2011, pp. 25-46). Additionally, the Western Society researchers determined that Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) causes negatives effects to women’s health.
Its’ been documented that, when certain young girls and women have this procedure done, they experience some negative side effects. Some of the young girls and women who have this procedure done will experience lifelong health complication while others will die from hemorrhaging (Berg, 2012, pp. 41-56). Due to the dangerous side effects of having Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) performed, some countries have banned the procedure from being done, but certain societies continue to perform this procedure illegally (Reyners, 2004, pp. 242-251). Since Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is such a dangerous procedure, why do individuals continually perform this procedure on young girls?
In certain societies and culture, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a rite of passage and the young girls are aware of the procedure (Nawal, 2008, pp. 135-139). Furthermore, the societies and cultures who partake in this procedure as a rite of passage, religious reasons, so the girls will not be promiscuous before they get married, so the men’s penis does not fall off, and men in certain societies would prefer their wife to be circumcised (Mascia-Lees 2010, pp. 159). Even though certain societies and cultures have their reasoning for performing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), FGM can cause...

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