from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an act of fastening, especially the stitching together of the labia to prevent intercourse
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of clasping, or fastening, as with a buckle or padlock.
- n. The act of attaching a ring, clasp, or frame, to the genital organs in such a manner as to prevent copulation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of clasping or confining with or as with a buckle or padlock.
The second reason is that the people in the region practice an extreme form of female genital cutting, called infibulation, in which a girl's vagina is sewn shut until marriage.
"Almost 90% of the female population in the north of Sudan undergo FGM which, in many cases, is practised in its most extreme form known as infibulation" - we are quoting from the Report by the Special Rapporteur Halima Warzazi [Morocco/Sub-Commission].
Female genital mutilation also takes different forms based on tradition, from removal of the clitoris and labia coupled with sewing up of the vagina - a process known as infibulation - to the comparatively less severe but still atrociously painful removal of the tip of the clitoris.
The most severe - known as infibulation - is the removal of parts of the external genitalia followed by stitching together of what remains.
The former, also known as infibulation, involves the total removal of all external sex organs before the vagina is sewn up, leaving a small opening for the passing of menstrual blood, while the Sunna type is less extensive.
But there are even more extreme versions, such as infibulation, in which the woman's clitoris is cut off and her vagina is sewn shut, leaving only a tiny hole to urinate - on her wedding night, her husband must literally rip her open.
What made it a total Holy Cow/jaw hit floor moment for me was that this woman had been subject to an infibulation, something I had only heard about.
I did not know the words, in my language, or yours for infibulation.
As Uccellina has already said, “… women undergo clitoridectomy and infibulation for similar reasons …”
I understand that there are women who undergo hymenoplasty in order to be acceptable brides in cultures that consider an intact hymen mandatory for marriage – women undergo clitoridectomy and infibulation for similar reasons, and I find that disturbing and sad as well.