Yesterday I just found out what “female circumcision” actually means.
Holy mother of _____! That’s the most terrible thing I’ve ever heard in my life. (And I’ve heard some pretty spectacularly terrible things!)
Who decided to call the removal of the clitoris “circumcision?” That’s not even remotely close to the accepted definition of circumcision as regarding males. I mean, up until yesterday female circumcision had been described to me as either the super-vague “mutilation of the female genitals” or the rather-incomplete “removal of the labia”—both of which are pretty terrible ——but not as terrible as completely removing the organ which gives women pleasure during sexual encounters. What the freak. I mean, just when I thought you couldn’t sexually disempower women in any other way, people found one.
As if completely omitting any mention of the clitoris from sexual education classes wasn’t enough! The fact that it is possible for a woman in a 1st world country to go her entire life without realizing that she was built to experience pleasure during sex is sick enough. But complete clitoris surgical removal? That means that someone actually took the time to figure out that women had a clitoris, that the clitoris created pleasure and then thought “You know what would be a good idea? Completely removing that.”
Blows. My. Mind.
And then someone had the audacity to call that “CIRCUMCISION?” That’s like calling having your intestines removed an “appendectomy.”
That’s like calling a kickboxing match a “tickle fight.”
So, from here on out why don’t we stop calling it female circumcision and start calling it the removal of the clitoris with additional genital mutilation?
And it really wouldn’t hurt to start teaching the existence of a clitoris in sexual education. It might avoid scenarios involving three 20-year-old college girls huddled around a computer screen staring at the perineum and reading wikipdeida together, curled up in our pajamas. “Whao.” “No way!” “Really?” “Go back! Go back! I didn’t finish reading that last part.” “So….wait. Where is that again?Oh. OH!” “Well…that makes sense.” “So, I guess you have to come at it from a certain angle?” “Why has NO ONE ever told us that before?” “We don’t even hear about this in like…crude movies. None of the boys in high school even mentioned this?” “Maybe they don’t know either.” “Hmmmm….maybe we should go back to diagram three. It had clearer labels.”
Rocked. Our. Worlds.