Female Genital Mutilation 3/3: Current statistics

To round up this series, just posting current information on this practice.

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This entire process would obviously be a traumatic experience for any girl. For some, it leads to life-long phobia whereas it produces erotophobia (fear of sex) in others leading to a strong sexual block that might take years of therapy to overcome. Since most of these circumcisions are done informally by unqualified women, they lead to infections that could lead to serious diseases. Chronic pain, burning during urinations, bleeding and kidney problems occur quite frequently among the victims of this practise. In some cases, even diseases such as AIDS, syphilis and hepatitis are passed on to the girl children. Menstruation is sometimes delayed due to the closing of the vaginal passage and in many cases, the blood collects in the womb if the vagina is not reopened.

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Female Genital Mutilation 2/3: Reasons & Origins of FGM

A deeper look into the reasons and origins for the perpetration of this horrific practice shows that people in different countries practice FGM for very different purposes. The history of female genital mutilation is not very well recorded, but there are many different speculations about it. Many of them do not make much sense; some of them seem relevant. Here is a list of the different theories that are thrown about:

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Female Genital Mutilation 1/3: Types of FGM/C

Oh! What a shame,
That you who drum to our ears
To revere the dignity between our legs,
Become the ones that destroy it.

                                           – Chinwe Azubuike

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Footbinding – Part 3/3: The End of an Era

The silk bandage still warm and fragrant,
Jade lotus hidden under the skirt,
She comes like a floating fairy.
Next to the lifted curtain,
She looks so delicate as if the wind could blow her away;
She walks lightly around the pond, not disturbing the moss.
On the silent path,
Her flowing skirt does not stir any dust.
After a swing,
She leans on her lover’s shoulder with a smile,
and takes time to pull off her shoes

                           – Liang Qingbiao

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Foot binding – Part 2/3: The pain and the pleasure

A pair of tiny feet,
Two jugs of tears.
– Chinese ditty

There are seven categories that foot connoisseurs use to determine the beauty and eroticism of a bound foot. A foot, to have the desired effect, must have all these seven attributes: small, slim, pointed, arched, fragrant, soft and straight. Achieving this is not easy, and takes time and effort, not to mention pain.

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Foot binding – Part 1/3: A search for perfection


Her powdered pink face,
Prettier than a peach;
Her twin golden lotuses,
Perfect fit for my hands.
I’ll take you home as my bride,
In a coloured sedan chair.

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