Female Circumcision: A First Person Account
Via A Changing Life, a most interesting first person account (French; translation here) from a 30 yo Senegalese woman, living in Paris, who was circumcised when she was 4 years old. This, in particular, surprised me:
I had been circumcised at four years, at the same time as my sister, in my father’s village at the instigation of my mother and my paternal grandmother. My father wasn’t there that day. He had gone to find my cousin at her father’s house. It was done behind his back. When he returned, my cousin told me, he flew into a terrible rage. He said he wanted to divorce my mother. Had it not been for the pleas of my grandmother who claimed all responsibility of our circumcision, he perhaps might have.