I bumped into this topic and felt I should do a post on it. I really don’t know much about it and would not ordinarily have something to say if it is being discussed. The kind of curiosity that killed the cat made me ask a female friend about it and I realised her level of ignorance on the topic was alarming. She knew practically nothing about it that I recognised that even in my ignorance I know more than she does… This got me worried, because the subject matter is targeted at the female gender and so she is more affected than I am.
Ladies, please know yourselves… Know your body and all those stuff that affect you sex directly or indirectly… stand up for what is right and against what is wrong, let us move on.
So there are some wrong perceptions about FGM. It is believed by some that those who have undergone this procedure do not enjoy sex. Some have traced promiscuity amongst many women to this pointing that it is because of the quest to know what it feels like to enjoy sex. I hear it affects some of them psychologically.
Many reasons have been sighted for the practice as it has practically dominant in Africa, though people have been kicking against it for a while.... these things have been making me to wonder.
Does FGM guarantee a woman being faithful? The answer is NO. Even ladies who are not circumcised run around looking for some man or the other to get down there.
Somehow, today listening to the radio, I discovered that it is International Day of ZERO Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). So we are resisting FGM... if it has not stopped in your place (your community), its time to start speaking against it unless you feel differently about it.
Because of my little knowledge on this topic I will stop here as I pass the baton unto you. Lets do justice to the questions I have below as call credit of choice network will be sent to at least two persons that enlightens us best (within the time of this post and 7 days time).
· What is Female Genital Mutilation all about?
· What is its health importance to the woman?
· What is the possible importance to the community?
· At what age should it be done for a girl? Is FGM still being practiced in our community?
· From your perspective what has it got to do with the rights of a woman?
· What are the perceived and obvious risks of FGM?
Over to you. Meanwhile enjoy this poem below, courtesy Ebukun Gbemisola (Ibikunwrites)