In this article, circumcision of Egyptian females is discussed. I think circumcision is disgusting. And inhibiting a woman's sexuality like that while risking her life just to make sure she can't have premarital sex is inhumane.
As a European who have grown up in a society where sex isn't such a big deal, where you can do as you please with your body as long as you feel good about it (to a certain extent of course. There are always idiots who are afraid of sexuality and will try to make you feel bad about your sexuality) apart from prostitution, it is really hard to understand why someone would like to do something like this to people they love. I mean, how can a parent give a doctor permission to mutilate their daughter's sex organ? Especially when they know how much pain and suffering this will cause them, not to mention the risk of the child dying.
It's all about the patterns and behaviour that they have been taught by society. This is very difficult to break, and often you don't even know it's not really your choice, but it's a choice that has been made for you by society. Females have been circumcised for generations, and it's not likely to stop now. This is what they know and what they have known since birth, and long before that.
It's appalling. And what's even more appalling is that many of the girls agree that this circumcision is necessary in order to get a husband. Although what really worries me is when they say something like this (my translation):
"In Egypt there is peace and safety because of circumcision."
I can't really claim to be an expert on Egypt and the society there, but I have a really hard time to believe that a vagina has anything to do with homeland security in any country. And if it does, that's just sick.
Please, leave these girls alone. Sexual organs have been there since we grew out of being one-celled organisms, and they're not impure, they're not ugly and there's nothing wrong in having them. Just let them be.