Time and again people make the argument that FGM is like male castration rather than circumcision. This is a little guide as to how to prove that it is not remotely close to castration. Claiming they are similar not only belittles the severity of circumcision but also exaggerates the already great danger of FGM. It's very important not to make exaggerated claims, people can easily dispute them. (This is true for all genital mutilation)
For starters, castration is removal of the testicles or ovaries. That is the definition of castration. So calling FGM female castration is incorrect from the most basic standpoint.Dictionary definition of castration
That deals with the tecnical terms. Now for why they are not physically comparable.
We know that FGM is a very damaging practice. The severest form removes all external genitalia and sews the remaining flesh closed. It's important to note that only 15% of all FGM involves this severe form but as this is the one most likely to be compared to male castration, we'll look at this form. As the procedure in either sex carries similar risks of infection and death, we'll only look at the long term effects.
The effects of the most severe form of FGM can range from difficulties urinating to lifelong discomfort or pain, recurrent infections and extreme difficulties during labour, which can result in the baby being brain damaged or dying during labour. It can result in hemmoraghing in the mother, this can result in death. In general, it prevents sexual pleasure and makes sex itself very difficult and even very painful. It does not remove the natural desire for sex but instead the ability to enjoy sex, so quells the want.
The effects of male castration are very different and a lot more damaging to the body. Many people mistakenly believe that it simply removes the desire for sex. On a very basic level, it does but it also entirely removes the ability to ever reproduce. A man who is castrated will never be able to father a child. There are many more severe complications from castration though. The interruption of testosterone production causes severe hormonal problems which result in many complicated physical and mental problems. Testosterone affects the control of almost every system. As well as the sexual and reproductive effects, it causes severe growth deformaties, mental disturbances and shortened lifespan. Many other systems in the body are affected negatively and quite dangerously.
Castration and FGM affect the body in very different ways. FGM is purely external and creates pain and problems as a result but castration causes severe internal, skeletal and mental issues.wiki link to some of the medical consequences of castrationEffects of testosterone removal caused by castration
This page was created by a man who is castrated and goes into great detail of the consequencesEunuch Info