The primary reason for female genital mutilation is to destroy a woman’s sexual desire, to allow her husband and family to control her behaviour, in particular her sexuality. The theory being that if a woman does not feel sexual desire and cannot experience sexual pleasure, she will not be promiscuous and will remain faithful and in the home. The act of removing the sexual organs which are designed for allowing her to experience pleasure is designed to reduce a woman into a vessel for producing babies.
Unfortunately the act of damaging or completely removing the clitoris, and sometimes sewing up the labia to create a seal with scar tissue, is done to little girls, before they are even aware of themselves as sexual beings. This is ultimately a form of violence, it is sexual abuse, physical abuse and emotional abuse of little girls. It has no benefits, only harm.
Girls who have had FGM have often had the right to experience orgasm taken away from them, sometimes irretrievably. This abuse also happens to Australian girls! We believe that every girl has the right to grow into the woman she was born to be, that every woman has the right to an orgasm.
To find out more about FGM, including FGM in Australia watch Sybil’s 5 minute speech, here.
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