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Young Maasai girls are typically initiated into young adulthood between the ages of 13-18 through a circumcision ceremony. Western society (and increasingly Maasai women) argue against clitorectomy (or - more harshly but perhaps more realistically- FGM Female Genital Mutilation) which 'prepares' the women for marriage.  This procedure is typically performed with non-sterile tools that can cause infection and scarring that can interfere with childbirth, cause HIV/AIDS and sterilization in these young girls. The Kenyan government has outlawed FGM but the practice is difficult to police and continues to be performed.

Young Maasai girls are typically initiated into young adulthood between the ages of 13-18 through a circumcision ceremony. Western society (and increasingly Maasai women) argue against clitorectomy (or - more harshly but perhaps more realistically- FGM Female Genital Mutilation) which 'prepares' the women for marriage. This procedure is typically performed with non-sterile tools that can cause infection and scarring that can interfere with childbirth, cause HIV/AIDS and sterilization in...
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