Male and Female – The Painful Circumcision

The Bible book of Genesis clearly states God’s covenant to Moses that Moses will possess the land of Canaan, the promised land and He will become his God to time indefinite. To keep that covenant, God commanded Moses to circumcise all male members of Moses’s household, including Moses himself.

Genesis 17:12,13 reads: “And every male of YOURS eight days old must be circumcised, according to your generations, anyone born in the house and anyone purchased with money from any foreigner who is not from your seed. Every man born in your house and every man purchased with money of yours must without fail get circumcised; and my covenant in the flesh of YOU men must serve as a covenant to time indefinite.”

That is one of the reasons why most gentlemen in the whole world are circumcised. Circumcision is a surgical removal of the flap of the skin that covers the head (glans) of the penis. The procedure can be done even if the child is still one-day old. The use of this procedure even in adults continues to heat up debates in every land.

Although, other guys prefer not to be circumcised because of religious or personal reasons, circumcision also has medical benefits:

> Keeps the penis clean and odorless
> Decreases the risk of infection in the bladder or prostate glands
> Reduces risk of STD
> Prevents cancer of the penis
> Prevents Balanitis ( inflammation of the glans)
> Reduces risk of cervical cancer caused by Human Papilloma Virus that thrives in the foreskin which can be transmitted during unprotected sexual intercourse.

Most of us are so familiar with male circumcision, but what about female circumcision? It may sound odd for others but in some culture, female circumcision is a must. This is commonly called as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The practice is performed whether for religious, cultural, social, or other non-therapeutic reasons. The custom which is most common in Africa, involves partial or total removal of the external female genitalia. The World Health Organization categorizes these procedures based on how much tissue is removed:

1. Clitoridectomy- partial or total removal of the clitoris
2. Excision- partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora (the inner fold of the vagina), with or without excision of the labia majora (the outer lip-like structure of the vulva)
3. Infibulation (pharaonic)- narrowing of the vaginal opening by stitching the labia majora, formed by cutting and repositioning the inner, or outer, labia, with or without removal of the clitoris
4. Other types: all other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, e.g. pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterizing the genital area.

What are the risks of female circumcision?
> hemorrhage from the dorsal artery
> infection that may lead to death
> infertility
> risk of childbirth complications and newborn deaths
> painful sexual intercourse
> less sexual pleasure
> increased risk of urinary tract and bladder infection

Circumcision is still a debatable issue. Wherever you stand in terms of circumcision, whatever decisions, doubts, or questions you may have in your mind, rest assured that men and women in the whole world posed the same sentiments.

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One Response to Male and Female – The Painful Circumcision

  1. There is a lot of emotion and noise around this issue, but there are lots of things we don’t know, such how many intact (uncircumcised) men are comfortable with their condition and how many wish they’d been circumcised as infants, or how many circumcised men are resentful about the reduction of bodily integrity that was imposed on them, or how many circumcised men have had problems with their circumcision scar.
    Please participate in this survey, which is an attempt to answer these and many more questions. The survey is trying to remain neutral on the issue. Information is needed from both men and women.

    without any cynicism, I say, think of the children.

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