3 Myths That Are Widely Circulating About Female Circumcision, Can It Really Control Sexual Lust?


As we know, circumcision is a practice or medical procedure that is recommended for every male. However, apart from being practiced on men, it turns out that the practice of circumcision is also widely practiced on women.

Reporting from the World Health Association or WHO website, the practice of female genital mutilation or female genital mutilation (FGM) is the practice of removing part or all of the external female genitalia, or causing injuries to the intimate organs. women for non-medical reasons. FGM is practiced worldwide and has affected more than 200 million women and girls alive today.

This P2GP violates the rights of children guaranteed by various conventions and the Child Protection Law. In addition, FMG has been internationally recognized as a violation of women's human rights. Nevertheless, a number of myths and misconceptions about FGM persist, which causes the practice of FMG to not completely disappear.

1. Health reasons

The first myth spread in countries where FGM is prevalent that encourages the preservation of this tradition is for reasons of women's own health. It is said that if a woman does not do circumcision, her clitoris will grow, the sex organs will smell, and they can't even have children.

However, this is all untrue and not scientifically proven. In fact, the risk of long-term physical and mental health implications is much higher for those who have had the procedure.

Including the discomfort of having sex, increased complications of childbirth, infections, not to mention the psychological trauma caused that can cause lifelong pain, to cause death.

2. Religious Reasons

The belief that female circumcision is beneficial for women's health stems from religious beliefs, that female genitalia are "dirty", and to become a complete and clean woman, female genital organs must be cut. Although it is often considered a religious practice, in fact FGM has no religious basis.

KH Faqihuddin Abdul Kodir from the Graduate School of Gadjah Mada University said that almost all the fatwas of scholars in the world have forbidden the practice of female circumcision. In addition, basically there is no text in any book that states circumcision is mandatory for women.

3. Subduing Women's Desires

P2GP is done by cutting the clitoris in the female sex organs. This is because the most rooted myth in the practice of female circumcision is the belief that FGM can subdue lust or reduce and control women's sexual desires. So, women can keep their honor until they get married.

However, the medical world and human rights activists agree that female circumcision is a violation of human rights. WHO even declared female circumcision as a form of "extreme gender discrimination". The practice of removing the clitoris is considered as removing the 'masculine' part of the body and to beautify the shape of the female genitalia. FGM certainly reflects gender inequality, violence and discrimination against women, and represents a condition patriarchal socio-cultural society.

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