This Lawmaker's Reason for Believing FGM Is 'Necessary' Will Make You Cringe

"Egyptian men are true men and I am a true man," MP Elhamy Agina of Daqahliya stated, according to a translation from Egyptian Streets. "Take my wife's phone number and ask her." 

And by "true men," Agina means those who suffer from "sexual weakness," a condition to which he thinks women must succumb.

This claim leads to one very important question: what exactly does a man's "sexual weakness" have anything to do with women?

The question, although rhetorical, has a simple answer. But Agina still encouraged Egyptian women to go through female genital mutilation (FGM) — a practice that "has been illegal in Egypt since 2008, but the practice has remained in widespread use" — in order to guarantee that they continue to "stand by their men" by reducing their "sexual appetite."

In the disheartening words of Agina, "[Egypt] will need strong men [to end FGM] and we don't have men of that sort."

Learn more about FGM at the World Health Organization (WHO) website.

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