A lawmaker in Egypt has argued in favour of the practice of female genital mutilation, saying women should “reduce their sexual desires” because Egyptian men are “sexually weak”.
“We are a population whose men suffer from sexual weakness, which is evident because Egypt is among the biggest consumers of sexual stimulants that only the weak will consume,” said Elhamy Agina, according toEgyptian Streets, an English-language local news website. “If we stop FGM, we will need strong men and we don’t have men of that sort.”
So it is better for women, he continued, to undergo the brutal practice to “reduce a woman’s sexual appetite”. And by doing so, he added, women would “stand by their men” and life would proceed smoothly.
What a ghastly attitude. Makes me shudder.
The practice was banned in Egypt in 2008. Since then, circumcising girls has been punishable by a prison sentence of between three months and three years as well as a hefty fine. Still, FGM remains a widespread practice here, as it is in many other African nations and parts of the Middle East.
According to the WHO, Egypt has some of the highest rates of FGM, in company with Somalia, Djibouti and Sierra Leone. A Unicef study in 2013 found that as many as 27.2 million women in Egypt have been circumcised.
The Egyptian cabinet recently approved a draft law that would impose stiffer penalties for those who force girls and women into FGM. Jail terms would range between five and seven years, and harsher sentences would be imposed if the procedure leads to death or deformity.