Female circumcision is barbarism
The New York Times has a story and slide show on female
circumcision genital mutilation in Indonesia that make me want to cross my legs and scream, in pain and anger.
The procedure takes several minutes. There is little blood involved. Afterward, the girl’s genital area is swabbed with the antiseptic Betadine. She is then helped back into her underwear and returned to a waiting area, where she’s given a small, celebratory gift — some fruit or a donated piece of clothing — and offered a cup of milk for refreshment. She has now joined a quiet majority in Indonesia, where, according to a 2003 study by the Population Council, an international research group, 96 percent of families surveyed reported that their daughters had undergone some form of circumcision by the time they reached 14.
<SNIP ... you should pardon the expression>
According to Lukman Hakim, the foundation’s chairman of social services, there are three “benefits” to circumcising girls.
“One, it will stabilize her libido,” he said through an interpreter. “Two, it will make a woman look more beautiful in the eyes of her husband. And three, it will balance her psychology.”
Four, it will make her incapable of enjoying sexual relations which, given that her husband sees her as "more beautiful" in this way, she probably would not have enjoyed anyway.
And don't give me that jive that it's the mothers and other womenfolk who impose this. It's all about the patriarchy baby.