Is Male Circumcision a Form of Genital Mutilation?

Watching Dr. Nawal El Saadwawi on BBC’s HARDtalk in an interview with Zeinab Badawi, there are many questions than answers that she left me thinking about, especially on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Male Genital Mutilation (MGM). She said, FGM and MGM are performed based on monogamy, polygamy and sexual desires but, I am sure there are those who will say that this is not true basing on religious and social lines.

El Saadawi is an Egyptian feminist writer, activist, medical doctor, psychiatrist and an outspoken political critic. She is the founder and president of the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association and co-founder of the Arab Association for Human Rights. She was banned from speaking in the Egyptian media and imprisoned under the government of President Anwar Sadat for her outspoken views.

I have come to know that there are many activists around the world who have equated male circumcision to FGM and some are fighting tooth and nail to abolish it. The staggering question is, can they win this battle that has stood for centuries both in the holy books and in communities where the practice is a norm? Your answer is good as mine but let us continue.

In 2013, Iceland’s children’s ombudsman of the Nordic countries met and agreed that male circumcision is a form of genital mutilation and they are fighting to ban the practice. Some representatives from Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Norway, and Greenland who met in Norway with doctors and surgeons agreed on one thing: the fight for the right to keep the foreskin. The children’s hospital in Reykjavik has completely stopped circumcising boys.

The campaign concluded that the procedure is in conflict with the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, which says, “Children should have the right to express their own views and be protected from traditional rituals which may be harmful to their health.”

A section of believers think that male circumcision reduces the risks of acquiring HIV /AIDS and transmitting cervical Human papillomavirus (HPV). Consequently, there are women who prefer circumcised males. They say that they are offered improved sexual pleasure since the circumcised genitalia is hygienic, increase penile-vaginal contact, stimulation, and marginally the males stay longer during sex and it can lead women to reach an orgasm.

There are some African and Asian tribes that symbolises circumcision as a rite of passage into manhood or warrior status just like some tribes in Africa who think FGM is a right to girls. What is your take on both of them (male circumcision and FGM)?

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding revolutionised the future

The royal wedding left almost everyone who dared to watch and follow with a lot of surprises and praises. The relationship is thought to have been born in Africa when the couple bought a diamond stone in Botswana and will be polished in Namibia for their honeymoon.

Prince Harry, the sixth in line to the British throne, and the American actress Meghan Markle exchanged marriage vows on 19th May 2018 at Windsor Castle in a tradition-imbued ceremony that was seen by millions across the world. It was filled with intimate and historic moments, including the groom’s almost bashful-sounding aside as the bride arrived at the altar, “You look amazing.”

Prince Harry is now the Duke of Sussex and Markle will always be referred to as, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex.

This wedding had a strong rating after Meghan Markle became the first biracial into the British monarchy. The wedding paid tribute to her mixed-race heritage, including a passionate sermon from Bishop Michael Curry, the first black presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, and featuring songs from a gospel choir. Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, was praised for unapologetically wearing locs to the wedding.

Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon, left onlookers gripped and others  with tongues lolling. The head Episcopal Church in the US and the first African-American to lead the Church of England’s American cousin, he stepped up to the pulpit to deliver a stirring wedding address probably unlike any ever heard within the chapel’s venerable walls.

He quoted from Dr Martin Luther King sermons stressing, “redemptive power of love.” He compared the power of love to the power of fire, mentioned Instagram and caused a chuckle when he promised to wrap up his oration by, so “we can get you two married.”

Prince Harry was allowed to wear his ginger beard with his formal military uniform. Other fashion-crucial news revolved around Meghan’s sleek silk boatneck gown. It was made by a British designer Clare Waight Keller, for Givenchy.

Meghan is believed to have worked closely together with Waight Keller on the dress design which featured a bateau neckline and 3/4 length sleeves. The stunning white gown was also paired with a hand-embroidered 16.5-foot silk tulle veil with flowers representing all 53 countries of the Commonwealth.

Another outstanding scenario is, neither Prince Harry’s grandfather Prince Philip nor his brother Prince William wear wedding bands, and his father Prince Charles chose to wear a signet ring on his pinkie finger, but Harry himself has chosen a platinum band which he will wear on his ring finger cementing his true love to Meghan.

Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir raised the roof with their rendition of the Ben E. King classic, ‘Stand By Me.’ In 2015, the song was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” enough to be inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason a Cellist performed along with an orchestra made up of instrumentalists from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia left everyone bemused by his talent.

He bowed out of a scheduled performance with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra when he received a personal call from Meghan herself to ask him if he would play at the wedding.

Considering the historical significance of Harry and Meghan’s marriage, it is no surprise that so many people wanted to watch the wedding.

According to Deadline, 29.2 million Americans and 28.4 million in the UK tuned in to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding live. That is more than 10 million more views than William and Kate’s wedding, which drew in an audience of 18.6 million in the US alone. When Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana were married in 1981, only about 17 million people tuned in in the US.

After tying the knot,  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set for honeymoon in Africa. Remember, the diamond stone for the engagement ring was procured in Botswana. It seems Africa is at their hearts.

Hoanib Valley Camp in Namibia has been tipped as a possible destination for their honeymoon. It is one of Namibia’s remote, luxurious and wild locations surrounded by towering mountains, sand dunes and huge expanses of desert. Conservation efforts in Africa are one of the royal’s principle causes.

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