Below I have featured a video that describes the different levels of female circumcision. This is a great opportunity to highlight just how female genital mutilation differs from that of male circumcision. Obviously, the most grotesque level of FGM is meant to completely eliminate a females' sexual desire. By sewing up the vaginal canal they are taking steps to control womens sexual activity. Men may undergo circumcision but it rarely results in major complications and does not remove a male's sexual desire. As shown, type 2 is the most common of all the types of FGM, and one can clearly see the impacts of such a procedure. Sexual intercourse becomes uncomfortable for the victim, something unheardof after male circumcision.
While both male and female circumcision is often performed for "hygenic purposes" only the female suffers long term consequences. The numerous complications that accompany FGM seperate, yet again, female genital mutualtion from male circumcision. Although fertility is often given as a reason for this procedure, it can actually create complications during childbirth. While I am not trying to discount those who argue against male circumcision, I do want to confort those who try to compare the two. The impacts on the female body are long-lasting and dangerous, not to mention monstrous.
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