Motives for the Practice – Male Satisfaction

Raido Väljamaa. (2008) African Teenagers (license purchased from the pleasure of men/Limiting the pleasure of women

The emphasis on “tightness” is considered important for the sexual satisfaction of the man, while ensuring reduced enjoyment for the woman in order to dissuade her from being unfaithful. 10

“Somali men do not marry uncircumcised women. They think she has extra sexual desire, which will leave them exhausted sexually due to her constant demands of sex” 10g


“People are worried about their daughter’s future. If she did not have FGM, they think she might have intercourse before she gets married and if she gets married she does not have to say her sexual feelings to her husband as this will make him suspicious of her, that she has had sex before.” 10h

Next motive: Cleanliness