Circumcision Essays

Half the Sky

With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are great authors who give us true stories of girls and woman from Africa and Asia and their extraordinary struggles. We view the Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn view our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope. Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see…

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Female Circumcision

Female circumcision, also referred to as female genital mutilation, is a traditional practice dating back to ancient times in many African and Middle Eastern countries. It is a procedure that involves the cutting, burning or removal of the clitoris, labia and sexual tissues; the specifics of the procedure vary by region and culture. Female circumcision is performed on young girls usually between the ages of five and twelve years old. Many of the girls are tricked or forced into the…

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On Multicultural Beliefs and Myths of Sexual Anatomy

Based on what I’ve experienced and heard from one of my Asian friends, most beliefs or myths are more common to males rather than females, with practices mostly concerning the penis. Circumcision is a practice very common in certain parts of the world due to the main influence of religion. In Southeast Asia, specifically in the Philippines, there are still existing beliefs being practiced surrounding circumcision. A male by at least age 10 should be circumcised to ensure they reach…

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Waris Dirie and Her Fight Against Female Circumcision

Female circumcision is a serious problem around the world. In Africa, it is a persistent traditional practice that has serious negative impact on women. Many African women came out to voice their opposition towards the practice of female circumcision and one of these women is Waris Dirie. Dirie was a model and her rise to the top of the modeling industry allowed her to interact with other professionals and personalities who would be instrumental in helping her in fighting female…

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