Immigrants are all drawn to America for one reason or another. Yet they all have one thing in common: They tend to retain their cultural practices, good or bad, once they arrive in America. One of the worst practices to be incorporated here in America is female genital mutilation (FGM). Why do it? It is an outdated practice that would ensure that a potential bride would be chaste due to her inability to enjoy sex. Most men who participate in this cruel cultural practice will not marry a woman unless she has had this procedure. This creates a cultural norm that is never-ending. This is a cultural practice, not a religious one. According to the FBI,

More than 500,000 women and girls across the country—most of them living in metropolitan areas—are at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation, a procedure that has long been practiced in many African and Middle Eastern countries as a cultural custom but has been illegal in the U.S. since 1996.”

This practice is typically performed on young girls before the age of five. The external female genitalia is surgically removed by members in the community who monetarily benefit from it. There are three different types of FGM that vary by how much is surgically removed or sewn together. The severity goes up as the number goes up.

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