Female genital mutilation is any kind of procedure that involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia. This is mostly a cultural process and is often carried out by a traditional mutilator (for lack of a better word), an elder, or a trusted community member.

In some cultures, it is believed that in order to keep the female chaste till she’s ready for marriage, it is imperative to mutilate her. While some others use it as a form of contraceptive to prevent pregnancy especially in female slaves. Also, in some occasions, it’s done during the early stage of the marriage rites.

The reasons and origin behind female genital mutilation vary per culture and religion, but what remains prevalent in this procedure is the ushering of the female into womanhood and an initiation into a group of other mature women. While the world clamors…

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