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Female Genital Mutilation

Can you briefly describe female genital mutilation and the social and cultural justifications for its performance. Explain why the practice has been condemned by some based on universal ethical standards.

As a professional in a clinical situation who works with culturally diverse families and individuals, a client comes to you and shares that she has had a clitoridectomy. She further discloses that she lacks sexual desire. How would you proceed with this client?

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(1) Can you briefly describe female genital mutilation and the social and cultural justifications for its performance?

Female genital mutilation (FGM) 'comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons' (World Health Organization [WHO]). Based on this health report, FGM consists of removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissues of both women and girls. Four types of FGM are listed in the WHO medical organization. Female genital mutilation is classified into four major types that include:

- Clitoridectomy: partial or total removal of the clitoris
- Excision: partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora ("the lips" that surround the vagina).
- Infibulation: narrowing of ...

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This solution provides a discussion of female genital mutiliation and the cultural justifiction for its performance.

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