Wednesday, September 26, 2007
While the circumcision of men has been medically proven to be beneficial, the circumcision of women is quite the different story. Certain tribes in Africa circumcise women to prevent them from experiencing any pleasure, so as to fulfill their reproductive functions without engaging in the 'shameful' act of sex. This circumcision takes place before the girl reaches puberty and is done against her will. Not only are the methods unsanitary, they are also medieval and thereby cause excessive pain to the unwilling women. Should such procedures be allowed without the consent of the bearer? Is this not a gross violation of the rights of so many young women who have had no say in the matter?