Kenyan Girls Refuse to "Be Cut" Choose Education Over Marriage

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 12:16
Submitted by Betty Dodson

This video on young girls refusing to be "cut" is inspirational.  I promise there are no graphic images. 

FGM in Africa is all about the dowry and selling a daughter for marriage. To think that fathers agree to remove their daughters clitoris and labia just to get a dowry that consists of a cow or two is horrendous. The group of women who are intervening and the girls who are rebelling are the real heroes. As well as the father who finally sees his daughters education as a better deal than cows.


Liberating women one orgasm at a time

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What fools the mortal be?

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 22:37
Doug (not verified)

 Removing a woman's clitoris and labia for any reason is a classic case of men's mutilation and abuse against women which should be a capital offense. Off with their heads.

This is better..

Wed, 05/04/2011 - 23:43
Poonam thakur (not verified)

I got my labia pierced. This is a better option than having the labia or clit cut...

oh no, thats disgusting!!!

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Sun, 06/26/2011 - 00:47

oh no, thats disgusting!!!

It's a matter of choice

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 09:17

FGM usually isn't a matter of choice, it's either forced or expected in order to marry. Piercing on the other hand is something personal to the person getting pierced. Some people get tattooed on the labia as well. Personally I wouldn't want the risk of infection or the pain but other people might welcome the pain in order to put their mark as it were on their most private regions.

People all over the world

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 09:53
L Kings (not verified)

People all over the world have different cultural and religious practices that look odd, ridiculous or evil to others. FGM is one such practice that is almost universally condemned. As mentioned by the professional essay experts, FGM as practiced in most African cultures was a graduation into womanhood. It had nothing to do with the sexual aspect of it. Men went through the same, but are lucky because they cut the foreskin. Other world cultures hunt lions, have bar mitzvah, bat mitvah, quinceanera, sweet sixteen or hazing. The main idea being a graduation ritual into womanhood or manhood.  In Kenya there is a major effort to replace these graduation rituals with other safer practices. There are now Maasai olympics instead of lion hunting and I believe some parts of Pokot have also started some new paractices that dont involve FGM. And yeah, it is horendous but prosecution does not help either. Most have no idea there is a law against what they are doing. To help change the practice, help those that educate these communities and help to educate the girls.


Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:35
felix (not verified)

A baby boy is not "lucky" to have his foreskin sliced off, as one writer suggested. Genital mutilation, female or male, is a barbaric assault on the powerless.