To expand on the recently posted documentary about Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt, here’s a documentary about the same practise in the birthplace of the US president – Kenya.
It’s an excerpt from a documentary titled The Cut and focuses on a community called Pokot in Kenya. In the community, female genital mutilation is a thousands of years old tradition – a type of ritual Rite of Passage ceremony after which the girls enter the womanhood. Although it is performed on girls ranging from 10 to 15 years of age, after the cutting they are considered ready for marriage.
My favorite part of the documentary takes place when a girl says that if you don’t get your clitoris cut, it will grow so long it would sweep against the ground as you walk. I’d love to meet a woman who’s this well endowed. In this day and age, the degeneration of female genitalia resulted in many women having underdeveloped labia and even more underdeveloped clits. Finding a woman with properly developed clitoris is a major challenge these days.
The intact (there is no such thing as “uncircumcised” so I won’t use this term) girl who speaks at the end of the documentary wisely says that there are no benefits to circumcision, only problems. This applies to both men and women, although doctors who financially benefit from the barbaric practise as well as certain religious group that want to avoid public condemnation of the practise would have you believe otherwise.
Caption at the end says that every day, 6,000 girls endure the pain of genital mutilation. Some die of shock or excess bleeding, although most survive and suffer for the rest of their lives. Somehow this caption leaves out an even greater number of boys that likewise endure the pain of genital mutilation every day. There are many documented cases of boys dying as a result of circumcision. Such blanketed statement sounds more as an opinion, rather than a fact. Unless the makers of the documentary interviewed every circumcised girl in the world, they can’t know for sure if they suffer or not.
One more thing – as is apparent from the documentary, it is forbidden for men to participate in rituals performed by women, such as the ceremonial genital cutting. Sucks… mutilating vaginas sounds like fun job to have. I’d be the cheapest female circumciser on the continent.