Didn’t have any coffee cream left in the fridge so I may or may not have used whipped cream instead
Something new I learned today about lady parts
I was reading my women’s health textbook, just to brush up on some things for work and I came across a section on female genital mutilation (FGM).
I had a patient once who had had this done back in her country and didn’t tell anyone about it at the hospital. Aaand I’m sure you can imagine our surprise when we went to do an in/out catheter - but that’s a story for another day.
Anyway, I was reading this section in my textbook assuming that it was going to be a big speal about women’s rights and how horrible FGM , but what I wasn’t expecting was the different perspective of women’s rights portrayed by my textbook.
First it explained that it is most prevalent in societies that are male-dominated, which I was expecting. Then it went on to explain the different types of FGM, generally done without anesthesia, which had me crossing my legs.
But then it came to the cultural part. In the societies where FGM is recognized, it is not only seen as the norm but is supported by both men AND women.
Wasn’t expecting that one. So I kept reading.
In these cultures it is highly associated with female identity, and it is the women (including those who are well educated) who not only promote it, but elect to have it done. Apparently it is for cosmetic reasons as well as cultural beliefs including (but not limited to) not allowing the clitoris to touch the baby during child birth.
Not to say it isn’t a horrible thing that I would never wish upon myself or anyone because it is in fact done without anesthetic and there is a laundry list of complications. But this is where women’s rights come in (in some but not all cases). It is their right and their reason to choose to have this done to their bodies. Which I suppose is what women’s rights are about in the first place.That being said, from a professional perspective, it would be inappropriate as a nurse to show pity or use words like “mutilation” when dealing with these types of patients because to them, they might not view themselves as being victimized. Something to think about.
Definitely the opposite of what I was expecting but very interesting read, whether it is adequate or not. I’d like to hear other people’s perspectives on this, as it isn’t a subject I’m well versed in.