Ritual female genital surgery among bedouin in Israel
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Ritual female genital operations are common in many parts of the world, with varying degrees of mutilation from clitoridectomy and removal of the labia to removal of the clitoral prepuce. Interviews of 21 Bedouin women in southern Israel revealed the practice to be normative in several tribes. However, physical examination of 37 young women from those tribes at a gynecological clinic revealed only small scars on the labia in each woman. Bedouin in southern Israel may offer a model of evolution of female circumcision into a nonmutilative ritual incision.
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- Ritual female genital surgery among bedouin in Israel
Archives of Sexual Behavior
Volume 24, Issue 5 , pp 571-575
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- female circumcision
- genital surgery
- labia majora
- labia minora
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- 1. Kupat Holim Clinic, Rahat, Israel
- 2. Department of Gynecology, Soroka, Medical Center, Beersheva, Israel
- 3. Department of Social Work, Soroka Medical Center, Beersheva, Israel
- 4. Division of Psychiatry, Ben Gurion University, Beersheva, Israel