Destruction of Female Sexuality : A Study of Female Genital Mutilation in Waris Dirie’s The Desert Flower


  • Kiran Yadav Department of [English and Foreign Languages] MDU Rohtak, Haryana,


From an early age , women learn to resign themselves to the fact that violence  against women are part and parcel of their natural environment , as related practices has been woven  into the fabric of society to such an extent that even battering, sex slavery and Female Genital Mutilation are seen as legitimate [Larson, 2010].Female sexuality includes a broad range of behaviour and all the processes related to female sexual identity, physiological, psychological, social, cultural, political, religious aspects of sexuality activity. A women is born free and she has complete freedom to choose her sexual partner . A women has the right to live her sexual life as the way she want to. But in Islam, Africans where male chauvinism prevails in an extreme form, the case is different where sexuality is allowed and encouraged between married hetrosexual couples and discourages a women from seeking sexual pleasures from other man except her husband. All these perceptions and orthodox views are prevalent because of customs , traditions and rituals which play a significant role in an individuals life and in community as well . These norms are a part and parcel of any culture . Encyclopedia defines rituals as “the performance of ceremonial acts prescribed by traditions”. These people who practise FGM believes these rituals to be holy and sacred . This is not culture but a torture. Female Genital Mutilation is one such ritual which is fatal and anti women in nature. It should be tackled in such a way that girls should be given the right to speak which can retrieve women from their forced , muted mutilation and restore their integrity.


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Yadav, K. (2018). Destruction of Female Sexuality : A Study of Female Genital Mutilation in Waris Dirie’s The Desert Flower. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 6(8), 7. Retrieved from