Female chastity piercings are commonly misunderstood. Many assume that a female chastity piercing is the same as female circumcision. However, this is completely false and the two are in no way related. For purpose of comparison, female chastity piercings and female circumcision will be explained in this article.
Female circumcision is known by many names: female genital mutation (FGM,) female circumcision, and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C.) This extremely controversial practice has been found all across the world, but is most heavily focused in countries in Africa.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined 4 major forms of female circumcision. Type 1 is the partial or total removal of the female clitoris in addition to the clitoral hood (or prepuce.) Type 2 is total or partial removal of the labia minora and the clitoris. This type can include the partial or removal of the labia majora in addition to the previously stated removals. Type 3 is more complicated. Type 3 involves the narrowing of the vagina by cutting and repositioning either one or both of the labias (majora or minora.) This may or may not involve the removal of the clitoris. Type 4 may or may not include the removal of any tissues. According to WHO, type 4 refers to “all other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes.”
The reason for female circumcision varies. It can be called tradition based on an area’s cultures. It has also been called a religious practice. Some African communities claim that the removal of these parts helps keep the vagina cleaner – when in reality those fluids are necessary to keep the vagina healthy. This was in response to male circumcision, which was done to help keep the penis clean. Others (doctors who perform the procedure) would claim that young girls would be ‘self-abusive’ and engage in large amounts of masturbation.
Female circumcision is estimated to affect over 130 million women throughout the world. It creates serious issues involving birthing of children, serious infections and in many cases, death.
Female Chastity Piercings
It is debated on when female chastity piercings emerged. Many people claim that the chastity piercing is relatively new (as new as the 1980s,) while others say that it dates back centuries. It has been argued that Romans or Egyptians were among the first to use the female chastity piercing. Such a piercing was used to keep slaves from breeding among each other, or to keep the husband’s wife (or wives) pure from other men. This lead to many different types of piercings where the jewelry piece involved a lock and key, in which the husband had the only copy of said key.
It should be noted that a female chastity piercing does not involve the removal of any part of a female’s genitals, nor does it cause any mutilation of the female’s genitals. In fact, a chastity piercing is similar to many other female genital piercings that women may seek out.
A chastity piercing passes through either the inner labias or the outer labias. It can be held together with a barbell or a captive bead ring. This is done to prevent penetration while still leaving the vagina free to follow through with other body functions.
It should be noted that chastity piercings are symbolic of a woman’s choice to remain a virgin until her wedding, hence the name “chastity piercing.” The jewelry is easily removed upon the woman’s choice and she can remove it any time that she chooses.
Many women who seek out a chastity piercing do so for their own purity. It is seen as a vow of remaining pure and abstaining from sex until marriage. In other woman, a chastity piercing is used as a symbol of fidelity between her and her partner in which case the jewelry is only removed for sex between the two individuals in the relationship.
It has also been suggested that those who practice forms of bondage (BDSM) use the chastity piercing to symbolize power over a woman.
In short, women who are subjected to female circumcision are not given a choice otherwise; whereas women with chastity piercings choose to do so. It’s all about choice.
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Wikipedia; “Female Genital Cutting”
Cheyenne Morrison, The Piercing Temple; “Body Piercing History”
Kelly; Misty Karam; “Female Chastity Piercing”