Egyptian Men Are ‘Sexually Weak’ so Women Must Submit to Genital Mutilation: Lawmaker

Egyptian men attend a campaign meeting of the main 'For The Love of Egypt' coalition ahead of the parliamentary elections on September 29, 2015 in the city of Qena, some 650 km (400 miles) south of Cairo. The current mood in the Arab world's most populous nation was evident at …
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The Washington Post reports: CAIRO — It was an outrageous argument, by any measure: Women should “reduce their sexual desires” because Egyptian men are “sexually weak.”

This is what an Egyptian lawmaker, Elhamy Agina, claimed over the weekend in making an argument in favor of female genital mutilation or FGM.

“We are a population whose men suffer from sexual weakness, which is evident because Egypt is among the biggest consumers of sexual stimulants that only the weak will consume,” Agina said, according to a translation in Egyptian Streets, an English-language local news website. “If we stop FGM, we will need strong men and we don’t have men of that sort.”

So it is better for women, he continued, to undergo the brutal practice to “reduce a woman’s sexual appetite.” And by doing so, he added, women would “stand by their men” and life would proceed smoothly.

Of course, this led to a maelstrom on Twitter and other online sites.

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