Skip to comments.Islamís Hatred of the Clitoris
Posted on 10/18/2001 9:48:56 PM PDT by VinnyTex
Islams Hatred of the Clitoris
FrontPageMagazine.com | October 19, 2001
IF YOU HATE WOMEN, and you hate their sexuality, and you are terrified that you cannot control it, the most effective thing you can do is to mutilate female sexual pleasure. This can be done by a sexual lobotomy, which will destroy an essential and sacred part of a womans natural makeup. In achieving this feat on all women, you will become able to ruthlessly dominate them.
Thats what female circumcision is all about.
Its about obliterating the clitoris, or the entire outer vagina. It is the barbarity that exists where misogyny festers most: in the Muslim and African world.
The Muslims are the principal religious group that practice female circumcision. In Egypt, for instance, 97 percent of women are circumcised. Their clitorises are amputated. In countries like Sudan, meanwhile, the women-haters are not so kind: all the womens external genital organs are completely removed. In a savagery called infibulation, the clitoris, the two major outer lips (labia majora) and the two minor inner lips (labia minora) are amputated.
Nawal El Saadawi has documented these horrifying realities in The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World. She demonstrates how the violence of female circumcision is performed on girls anywhere from the ages of one month to puberty. Usually, it is done around the age of seven or eight. Anesthetics are never used. The child is pinned down by several women, while one of them attacks.
After infibulation, the small outer opening of the vagina is the only portion left intact. A tiny piece of wood or reed is inserted to allow urine and menstrual blood to seep out. Extra narrowing of the opening is carried out with stitches, which remain until marriage. The victims legs are often bound together from hip to ankle and she is immobile for about a month or two.
This violence has to occur because, in much of the Islamic world, the females genital area is considered dirty and unacceptable. For example, in Egypt the uncircumcised girl is called nigsa (unclean). Thus, it has to be made "clean."
Many of the victims lose their lives during this torture which is often inflicted with broken glass. Many other victims are afflicted with acute and chronic infections for the rest of their lives.
With serious and disabling lifelong consequences, the mutilation robs women of their equilibrium. It deprives them from enjoying the fullness of their sexuality and the completeness of their lives. In terms of sexual pleasure, for instance, we know that approximately 75 percent of women cannot achieve orgasm without clitoral stimulation. In other words, the possibility of orgasm has been obliterated for tens of millions of women in the Muslim world. So what does it mean if the psychic, mental and physical health of women cannot be complete if they do not experience sexual pleasure?
The terror of the circumcision itself tracks its traumatized victims down like a nightmare. Most, if not all, of these poor women end up suffering from serious sexual and/or mental distortions. The mutilation of their sexual being becomes the epicenter where sex and violence meet constantly in their lives with them as victims.
Wedding night is often quite eventful. In some parts of the Arab and African world, the husband assaults the wife after the wedding. In Somalia, for instance, the groom beats the bride with a leather whip. After this romantic apex, he cuts the sealed vagina with a sharp scalpel or razor in order to have intercourse. He then has prolonged repeated intercourse with her for a week to prevent the scarring from closing the vaginal opening again. During this time the wife must lie still and not move. Meanwhile, the husband takes the bloody sharp object, which represents the virginity of his wife, and makes rounds around the community showing it off for approval. Scholars such as Raphael Patai and Vincent Crapanzano have documented these phenomena.
After this honeymoon period, the woman is now, for the first time in her life, actually recognized as a person because she has become the extension of her husband. Her status might even improve if she has a child (a boy). She will be humiliated and shamed, however, if she has a non-child (a girl).
And if a little innocent girl enters this world, it will only be a short time before her genitals share the same fate as that of her mothers. When the torturers and soul-destroyers begin to slice, who will hear her cries?
Um, somehow I doubt that. Any feminist I know will talk my ear off if I mention female genital mutilation.
They are apples and oranges. Male circumcision removes foreskin. Female circumcision removes the whole organ or mutilates it to the point that it no longer functions. You can't even equate the two.
I've seen it described, etc on some of the learning channels. It happens.
I'll agree that the two are very different, but it still doesn't get rid of the fact that we're subjecting male babies in the U.S. of A. to undergo penile surgery literally hours or days after their birth FOR NO GOOD REASON.
"Oh, they can't feel it. Oh, it's a cleanliness issue."
What I find the most odd about it is the implication that GOD somehow screwed up when designing the male penis. Everything else on the body seems to have been 'created' just fine, but those penises... God must have screwed up, so we gotta run in there with knives to cut away at male baby penises. It's twisted.
BTW, I'm not religious in the least, but I'll firmly say that I think the male penis has 'evolved' or was 'created' just fine, thank you very much.
Maybe 72 studs and silk sheets!
Actually, I hope where those hijackers went, they get their 72 virgins - and they all look like Helen Thomas.
Removing the foreskin allows the head of the penis to be cleaned much easier, thereby reducing the risk of bladder infections in infants and toddlers, and the potential for causing uterine infections in wives later on in life. It eliminates the potential for foreskin fusion to the penis, which can prevent the head of the penis from emerging beyond the foreskin during an erection. Further, it reduces the risk of penile cancer.
Circumcision is no longer SOP in hospitals. Parents are asked whether they want the procedure or not. FTR, my husband and I chose not have our son circumcised. We left him exactly as God made him.
Thank you for your expertise on the male penis, MISS CarolAnn. ;)
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