“Mama don’t cut!”
Although many people believe that FGC is associated with Islam, it is not. FGC is not supported by any religion and is condemned by many religious leaders..No religious text requires or even supports cutting female genitals. In fact, Islamic Shari’aÂ protectsÂ children andÂ protectsÂ their rights.
e4.3 Â Â Circumcision is obligatory (O: for both men and women. For men it consists of removing the prepuce from the penis, and for women, removing the prepuce (Ar. Bazr) of the clitoris (n: not the clitoris itself, as some mistakenly assert). (A: Hanbalis hold that circumcision of women is not obligatory but sunna, while Hanafis consider it a mere courtesy to the husband.)
The mostÂ often mentioned narration reports a debate between Muhammed and Um Habibah (or Um ‘Atiyyah). This woman, known as an exciser of female slaves, was one of a group of women who had immigrated with Mohammed. Having seen her, Mohammed asked her if she kept practicing her profession. She answered affirmatively, adding: “unless it is forbidden, and you order me to stop doing it.” Mohammed replied: “Yes, it is allowed. Come closer so I can teach you: if you cut, do not overdo it, because it brings more radiance toÂ the face, and it is more pleasant for the husband.”
Debating the topic of female circumcision/mutilation are Malika Zarrar (lecturer on Islamic religious law) and Muhammad Wahdan (Al Azhar university lecturer), both Egyptian residents.
FamilySecurityMatters.orgÂ Contributing EditorChristopher HoltonÂ is Vice President of the Center for SecurityÂ Policy.
This article says that female genital mutilation is a cultural practice that is widespread across Africa. In fact, while others may practice it, it is justified in Islam: “Circumcision is obligatory (O: for both men and women. For men it consists of removing the prepuce from the penis, and for women, removing the prepuce (Ar. bazr) of the clitoris (n: not the clitoris itself, as some mistakenly assert). (A: Hanbalis hold that circumcision of women is not obligatory but sunna, while Hanafis consider it a mere courtesy to the husband.)” –Â ‘Umdat al-SalikÂ e4.3
The priorities of Â western, decadent feminists:
There’s something called “SPARK a Movement” which supposedlyÂ rejects the commodified, sexualized images of girls in media and support the development of girls’ healthy sexuality and self-esteem. To that endÂ Â it is objecting toÂ LEGOÂ for girls, because the chick figure in these sets hasÂ budding breasts and lush (albeit plastic) hair, andÂ thereforeÂ commodifies, sexualizes, etc.
Scaramouche:Â The Misplaced Priorities of Decadent Feminism
- UK medics filmed offering female genital mutilation, report says
- Girls confused, NGOs want “sensitisation”, and parents say it will not stand in the way of culture
- Ending female genital mutilation is not a cakewalk
- Summer holiday circumcision: girls’ bodies at risk
Muhammad himself did not condemn it, but merely cautioned against going overboard: “A woman used to perform circumcision in Medina. The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said to her: Do not cut severely as that is better for a woman and more desirable for a husband.” – Sunan Abu Dawud 41.5251
Until its Islamic justifications are confronted, and the denial that this piece represents with its attribution of the practice to “culture” ends, more girls will suffer.
“100,000 British women mutilated,” from theÂ Telegraph, April 22 (thanks to all who sent this in):
As many as 100,000 women in Britain have undergone female genital mutilations with medics in the UK offering to carry out the illegal procedure on girls as young as 10, it has been reported.Investigators from The Sunday Times said they secretly filmed a doctor, dentist and alternative medicine practitioner who were allegedly willing to perform circumcisions or arrange for the operation to be carried out. The doctor and dentist deny any wrongdoing.
The practice, which involves the surgical removal of external genitalia and in some cases the stitching of the vaginal opening, is illegal in Britain and carries up to a 14 year prison sentence.
It is also against the law to arrange FGM.
Known as “cutting”, the procedure is traditionally carried out for cultural reasons and is widespread across Africa.
It is thought to be needed as proof of a girl’s “purity” for when she marries, but victims are rarely given anaesthetic and frequently suffer long-term damage and pain.
Research suggests that every year up to 6,000 girls in London are at risk of the potentially fatal procedure, and more than 22,000 in the UK as a whole.
The Metropolitan Police said since 2008, it had received 166 reports of people who fear they are at risk of FGM.
It is the same story for all 43 forces across England and Wales with no convictions for the offence ever taking place, according to The Sunday Times.
The newspaper added that only two doctors have been struck off by The General Medical Council since 1980.
According to Forward, a charity which campaigners against FGM, an estimated 100,000 women in the UK have undergone mutilation.
Supermodel Waris Dirie, who was mutilated as a child, is a vociferous opponent of the practice.
Calling for a crackdown on FGM, she said: “If a white girl is abused, the police come break down the door. If a black girl is mutilated, nobody takes care of her. This is what I call racism.”
Indeed. Or multiculturalism. Or fear of being labeled “Islamophobic.”
Britain: “Tough Laws” are never enforced
British girls undergo horror of genital mutilation despite tough laws
Sarah AB, April 22nd 2012, via Harry’s Place
Andrew Lansley recentlyÂ saidÂ that he was ‘shocked and appalled’ to learn that doctors were pre-signing forms to approve abortions. Pre-signing forms ‘constitutes a criminal offence’, Mr LansleyÂ said, and could see doctors being struck off by the General Medical Council.
But if the well being of women is the concern, then Lansley might do better to focus on the problem of female genital mutilation in the UK.Â Only two doctors have been struck off for carrying out this practice since 1980.
TheÂ Sunday Times (Â£)Â has reported details of an undercover investigation which revealed that several health practitioners have apparently either been willing to perform FGM themselves or arrange for someone else to carry out the procedure.Â It is thought that up to 100,000 women in the UK may have undergone FGM, and a Birmingham midwife is reporting that she has seen evidence of mutilations trebling over the past ten years.
One of those who apparently offered to carry out FGM was Birmingham dentist, Omar Sheikh Mohamed Addow.Â He at first claimed to be against the practice, but, when told that he had been recommended by a particular GP, he ‘relaxedÂ … and he detailed how circumcision worked.’
The dentist seems only to have been willing to carry out a ‘mild’ form of circumcision, but another alternative practitioner was prepared to ‘both remove the clitoris and sew up the vagina’.Â All those named in the Sunday Times report have denied the allegations.
Alison Byrne, a midwife in Birmingham, makes an important point:
But FGM is not on the curriculum for medical school training, or for social workers, or teachers and even for midwives it may only be covered in the inner city. There is very low awareness. We owe these little girls born here more than that.
The editorial in the Sunday Times, quite rightly, criticises the problems caused by a ‘warped sense of respect for different cultural traditions’. Here is an extract fromÂ blog postÂ written by a doctor who has grappled with these issues herself, first feeling unsure of her ground:
A few years ago I ended up in an academic scrap with an African woman who angrily asked on what basis I â€“ as a white English woman â€“ felt qualified to opine about the rights or wrongs of removing a (culturally unrelated) young girl’s clitoris and labia.
but then having a moment of realization:
But then today I read Somali-born model Waris Dirie’s commentary on the undercover investigation, and changed my mind. Dirie, who was mutilated as a child, says that ‘If a white girl is abused, the police come break down the door. If a black girl is mutilated, nobody takes care of her.’
This point is reinforced by Marai Larasi, quoted in an interestingÂ pieceÂ by Joan Smith:
Imkaan’s director, Marai Larasi, called for protective measures and argued that the issue was “neglected because of fears… of being labelled at best culturally insensitive and at worst racist”. It’s a belief echoed by other professionals working with victims from ethnic minorities, who say the problem is made worse by male community “leaders” defending patriarchal practices.
Even though the Metropolitan Police have received 166 reports of FGM since 2008, no convictions have been secured.Â And, although the law may act as a fairly strong disincentive to people considering carrying out the practice themselves in the UK, it does seem as though there is little to deter parents from taking their daughters abroad to be mutilated.Â There seems to be a reluctance to punish parents because to do so may not seem to be in the best interests of a child who has already undergone FGM â€“ but the best interests of future potential victims also need to be taken into account.