Growing Up Sexually



DAROD (Somalia)




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(Somali, Darod


The majority of girls between the ages of 6 and 12 undergo infibulation (Abdalla, 1982:p12). Islam requires virginity before marriage, fidelity after marriage, and seclusion of the women from the men (p30), but since seclusion is not possible in a nomadic society, female circumcision is seen as way of protecting women’s chastity in the presence of any man and of reducing a woman's sexual desires (p35-6).















Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. VolumeI. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Last revised: Sept 2004