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FGC essay - Whitney McClellan Anthropology 597.02 Professor...

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Whitney McClellan February 14, 2008 Anthropology 597.02 Professor Tracy McKinney Female Genital Cutting Female genital cutting, or FGC for short, is a right of passage for many young girls in some African cultures as an indication of becoming a woman, eligible for marriage, or even religious beliefs. This practice however is being discriminated against and forcibly banned by Western feminist groups. These Western groups see this right of passage as a barbaric way to further oppress women. The debate on whether or not this tradition of FGC should be preformed has caused debate among cultural lines and human rights activist. The problematic debate of FGC is whether or not it should be considered a cultural custom and therefore left alone, or a matter of a human rights violation and therefore abolished. Western feminist groups see this practice as a human rights matter and do not consider the cultural aspect of the ritual practice of FGC. African based groups see FGC as a problem, but not as a pressing issuing. African groups against FGC see it as a problem if the custom is preformed
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