One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The practice, traditional in some cultures, of partially or totally removing the external genitalia of girls and young women for nonmedical reasons. It is illegal in many countries.
- ‘Egypt outlawed female genital mutilation after a 12-year-old died in 2007.’
- ‘The World Health Organization estimates that about 140 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation.’
- ‘In November, the UN General Assembly passed its first resolution condemning female genital mutilation.’
- ‘Political correctness is preventing British officials from taking tough action against female genital mutilation in this country, a report by MPs says.’
- ‘She writes that her patients have endured both major and minor long-term complications from female genital cutting.’
- ‘Some practitioners believe female genital mutilation will prevent sex before marriage and promiscuity afterwards.’
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