Sure you’d think, different country and different culture. But once you hear about some of the most horrifying traditions that are still being carried out, it’s hard not being judgmental and not condoning these barbaric practices. One of the worst you will ever hear about is female circumcision: the removal of a young woman’s clitoris practiced by some African cultures as an initiation ritual.
Female genital cutting has been widely condemned by our western cultures and with any news report about the topic most of us just shake our heads in horror, trying to understand what could possibly make those people execute such a brutal, horrific abuse.
And of course we also don’t understand how someone like Dr. Fuambai Ahmadu of Sierra Leone, a post doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, could argue in favor of the ritual. At the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting.she is one of the pro-FGC, even had her own clitoris cut with fellow members of the Kono ethnic group as an adult. Ahmadu says “western feminist sisters insist on denying us this critical aspect of becoming a woman in accordance with our unique and powerful cultural heritage.” Perhaps I’m just not very “culture sensitive” but how exactly does cutting out your clitoris help you become a woman?