Sandara C from Canda – 7 June 2013@1:4am (via Facebook)
I know that in some cultures, it is as routine and "normal" as MGM (male genital mutilation) in others. It is done on children and babies who can not consent to the procedure and is harmful, unnecessary and barbaric, no matter whether it is done in unsanitary co conditions with a dirty knife, or in a hospital setting. I am against all genital mutilation unless as an adult, the person having it done to their own body makes the decision to do so with full knowledge of what effects it will have on his or her body and the complications that may arise, and understands the needlessness of the procedure. Yes, the most common type of FGM is the same and equal to the most common type of MGM.
Garry H from USA – 7 June 2013@2:31am (via Facebook)
Neurologically, the most specialized pressure-sensitive cells in the human body are Meissner’s corpuscles for localized light touch and fast touch, Merkel’s disc cells for light pressure and tactile form and texture, Ruffini’s corpuscles for slow sustained pressure, deep skin tension, stretch, flutter and slip, and Pacinian corpuscles for deep touch and detection of rapid external vibrations. They are found only in the tongue, lips, palms, fingertips, nipples, and the clitoris and the crests of the ridged band at the tip of the male foreskin. These remarkable cells process tens of thousands of information impulses per second and can sense texture, stretch, and vibration/movement at the micrometre level. These are the cells that allow blind people to "see" Braille with their fingertips. Cut them off and, male or female, it's like trying to read Braille with your elbow.
Physiologically, the clitoris is richly endowed with thousands of these specialized pressure-sensitive nerves and the clitoral foreskin is virtually bereft of them. The ridged band at the tip of the the penile foreskin is richly endowed with thousands of these same specialized pressure-sensitive nerves and the glans is virtually bereft of them. Lightening speed feedback by somatosensory transduction from such tactile sensitivity gives humans intense pleasure, environmental awareness, and control. Cut off these super-sensitive cells and with lack of awareness comes lack of control. To say that amputation of the clitoris or amputation of the mobile roller-bearing-like portion of the natural penis, and consequently thousands of these specialized nerve cell interfaces, does not permanently sub-normalize a woman's or a man's natural capabilities and partially devitalize their innate capacity for gliding action tactile pleasure is grossly illogical denial of the bio-mechanical and the somatosensory facts of human genital anatomy.
Mechanically, the natural vaginal and penile lubricants are kept inside the vagina during male/female intercourse by the organic seal effect of the mobile penile foreskin. The mechanoreceptors in the buried legs of the intact clitoris straddle the entroitus of the vagina and are stimulated by the identical mechanoreceptors in the thick bunching accordion folds of the mobile penile foreskin. The clitoris and the penile foreskin are also intensely vascular - thickening when stimulated. Millions of years of trial and error evolutionary forces have synchronously engineered the human sex organs to function synergistically. We can be sure Nature has evolved (if you prefer, God has created) these differences and duplications for a reason. The brilliantly engineered unaltered female body is the perfect match for the equally brilliantly engineered design of the natural penis; they evolved together to compliment each other and they function collaboratively to achieve two common goals - mutual pleasure and insemination.
A woman can live without the sensitivity of the visible part of her clitoris. A man can live without the mobile and most sensitive part of his penis. But, both men and women are better off with their natural fine-touch parts intact - all of them. And so are their sexual partners.
Stephen W from France – 10 June 2013@11:06am
As for the subject, I have very strong views about this. It is being continued largely by the women who benefit financially and also wish to preserve their status. It is a disgusting practice and is part of a long list of things which have really affected my view of Africa from decades of being a pan-Africanist and activist, since my youth*. I am disappointed with successive government's inaction, and the funds of which you speak are just hypocrisy; when police in UK are allowed to take no action and make absolutely zero prosecutions... Likewise, the health profession and social services just turn a blind eye to the subject with the consent of the authorities. Another £35M down the drain!! Just make them do their job - at no extra cost!