Today came in a patient, a refugee from East Africa. We were doing a routine pap smear and lo and behold, she was missing something.
A clitoris. Hood and everything. Female circumcision.
I can't even imagine losing my clitoris. The g-spot is great and all, but it's nothing in comparison. Supposedly, women can still enjoy sex after a circumcision because of all the nerve endings in the vagina, but I wonder if the sex drive would be the same. I'm guessing not.
So very sad.
But before you gasp in disbelief of such "barbarism," keep in mind many of you have suffered from our society's version of genital mutilation - male circumcision. I've written on this before (click here
) so I won't belabor the point again, but the bottom line is that the bodies of these people (both men and women) were altered without their consent. Regardless of the extent of genital mutilation, the proclaimed reasoning behind it, or the safety of the environment in which it is performed, it is a forced act on a helpless being who had no choice
in the matter.
I mean if male circumcision is so great and so protective of your general health, don't you think there would be more uncircumcised adult men lining up to get it done?What are your thoughts?Image Source