Moreover, in some societies, the infibulated
opening is a way to determine a woman's value, "the smaller it is, the more valuable her worth" (Lockhart, 2004: 16).
Some women are cut, but the majority of them are cut and sutured together, in anoth- er word; infibulated
11] Conversely, a study in Sudan among men with one infibulated
and one uncircumcised wife reported that 89% preferred uncircumcised or mildy infibulated
For example, it is silent on the issue of reinfibulation, which involves re-closing the vulva of a previously infibulated
Pain in connection with coitus has been reported, especially pertaining to infibulated
Moreover, the unique Sudanese cosmetic practice of re-infibulation, "Adal", is secretly practiced by originally infibulated
immigrant Sudanese women in Britain.
My reasons are simple: sex with an infibulated
woman is more enjoyable than with uncircumcised or sunna circumcised woman.
that surveyed the preferences of men married to infibulated
2006) Care for infibulated
women giving birth in Norway: An Anthropological Analysis of Health Workers' Management of a Medically and Culturally Unfamiliar Issue.
The authors conclude that defibulation is recommended for all infibulated
women who suffer long-term complications.
Carolyn Lobban and her husband told me about their experience in Somalia, where they had spent time as Peace Corps volunteers: how the young unmarried men would spend hours in the hills, beating their penis with a rock against a rock, to harden it and to make it easier for them to penetrate their infibulated
brides on their wedding night.
I've been called upon to assuage the fears of infibulated
women in labour, to explain to a doctor that the scars on someone's back are not the result of abuse but the well-intended evidence of leeching or cupping, to help bedridden folk perform ablutions before prayer, even to read from the Qu'ran while someone slips away.