Perspectives of Third World Countries on Female Mutilation Female mutilation has long been viewed by the Western culture as barbaric or a nonmedical procedure without need. Over the course of time the name has changed and it was not until 1997 that it was officially defined. This definition suggested that “female mutilation” is the partial or complete removal of the female external genitals or any type of other injury to the genitals. This is a tradition, cultural custom and religious event that has sparked much controversy for a number of reasons. There is varying degrees and thoughts in reference to alteration of the female genitals without medical reasons or need. In order to better understand those issues of controversy, female...The end:
.....veral more and the only way to rectify any injustice is through the education and empowerment of the individual. Works Cited Cook, Rebecca, and Bernard Dickens. Female genital cutting: ethical and legal dimensions. Int J Gynaecol Obstet 2002; 79: 28 1-7. Pieters, Guy, M.D. Albert Lowenfels, M.D. (April 1977). “Infibulation in the Horn of Africa”. New York State Journal of Medicine 77 (6): 729-731 Skaine. Rosemarie. FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION: LEGAL, CULTURAL AND MEDICAL ISSUES. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2005. UNICEF and UNFPA (1997), Female Genital Mutilation: A joint statement, World Health Organization, Geneva pp. 1- 2 Williams, Patrick, and Laura Chrisman. Colonial Discourse & Post: A Reader: New York: Columbia University Press, 1994.