In another case of truth is stranger than fiction, a lawmaker in Egypt has made the argument that women should “reduce their sexual desires” because Egyptian men are “sexually weak.” The practice he promotes to help the women reduce their desire is, of course, female genital mutilation.
“We are a population whose men suffer from sexual weakness, which is evident because Egypt is among the biggest consumers of sexual stimulants that only the weak will consume,” said Elhamy Agina, according to Egyptian Streets, an English-language local news website. “If we stop FGM, we will need strong men and we don’t have men of that sort.”
So it is better for women, he continued, to undergo the brutal practice to “reduce a woman’s sexual appetite”. And by doing so, he added, women would “stand by their men” and life would proceed smoothly.
…According to the WHO, Egypt has some of the highest rates of FGM, in company with Somalia, Djibouti and Sierra Leone. A Unicef study in 2013 found that as many as 27.2 million women in Egypt have been circumcised.
The Egyptian cabinet recently approved a draft law that would impose stiffer penalties for those who force girls and women into FGM. Jail terms would range between five and seven years, and harsher sentences would be imposed if the procedure leads to death or deformity. In May, an Egyptian teenager died of complications after undergoing FGM, propelling the UN to urge Egypt to enact stricter punishments.