female genital mutilation

noun

Definition of female genital mutilation 

: a procedure performed especially as a cultural rite that typically includes the total or partial excision of the female external genitalia and especially the clitoris and labia minora and that is now outlawed in many nations including the U.S. abbreviation FGM

called also female circumcision

— compare infibulation

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But escaping female genital mutilation is a valid reason for granting protection, according to social workers who assist the migrants. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "Migrants say these mass shelters are like prisons. Germany wants to build more.," 18 May 2018 Prince Charles’s wife, Camilla, for instance, is president of the Women of the World Festival and is active on such issues as domestic violence and female genital mutilation. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Meghan Markle declares herself a feminist on the British monarchy’s website," 21 May 2018 Rozin’s case study for examining clashing cultural perspectives is the practice variously referred to as female circumcision or female genital mutilation (the more loaded term). Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "'Human Rites' at InterAct Theatre: Invigorating, crackling, provocative," 29 Mar. 2018 First to note is that one of the motives for male circumcision was the same as for female genital mutilation from the get-go. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "The World Is Better Than Ever. Why Are We Miserable?," 9 Mar. 2018 The women, meanwhile, were tackling even weightier subjects under a nearby acacia tree, including birth control, the role of women in the village, and female genital mutilation. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "East Africa proves rich in culture and wildlife on trip of a lifetime," 26 Jan. 2018 Most countries where female genital mutilation is common have laws against it. The Economist, "The year of Hurricane HarveyAccusations of harassment have felled some powerful men," 19 Dec. 2017 Yet female genital mutilation predates Christianity and Islam. Kristina Arriaga, WSJ, "Cutting Young Girls Isn’t Religious Freedom," 24 Aug. 2017 Protesters say genital mutilation doesn't happen just to girls, boys need protection too More: How a Detroit-area doctor may have mutilated girls' genitalia for decades More: A doctor is charged with female genital mutilation. Tresa Baldas, USA TODAY, "Feds: Moms, charged in genital cutting case, gave doctor blessing to cut daughters," 15 Sep. 2017

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female genital mutilation

noun

Medical Definition of female genital mutilation 

: a procedure performed especially as a cultural rite that typically includes the total or partial excision of the female external genitalia and especially the clitoris and labia minora and that is now outlawed in many nations including the United States abbreviation FGM

called also female circumcision

— compare infibulation

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