Clitoraid-assisted FGM Patient, 33, Celebrates First Orgasm!
FGM to become 'a horrific, historical fluke' as word of reversal surgery spreads
LAS VEGAS — A 33-year-old victim of female genital mutilation (FGM) was ecstatic when she made an after-midnight phone call to Clitoraid head patient coordinator Nadine Gary last week.
"I was feeling so good, I didn't want to let go at first," she told Gary. "It was a strange sensation, and suddenly I was overtaken by this incredible feeling that lasted several seconds! I had my first orgasm!"
Mariame (her last name is omitted to protect her privacy), an African immigrant, had undergone clitoral reconstructive surgery in Trinidad, Colo., nine months earlier. The procedure was performed by Clitoraid's head surgeon, Dr. Marci Bowers, who volunteers her services to help.
In childhood, Mariame and millions of other women were forced to endure the ancestral tradition of clitoral cutting, an act of extreme cruelty typically performed on little girls by female relatives. Anesthesia is rarely used and the pain is excruciating.
"Over 135 million women worldwide are currently living the consequences of this horrific act," Gary said in a statement released today. "They can't experience the physical pleasures of relationships that most women take for granted, and many of them also feel inadequate and ashamed. Clitoraid wants to help as many victims as possible, and to make FGM obsolete by offering and publicizing surgery that reverses the damage. When you can repair it, there's no point in doing the horrible deed in the first place."
Las Vegas-based Clitoraid, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 2004 by Rael, founder and spiritual leader of the International Raelian Movement.
"He wanted victims like Mariame to have the surgery they need to achieve sexual pleasure and regain their dignity," Gary said. "That's why Clitoraid is building a hospital in Burkina Faso, West Africa, for the sole purpose of offering the surgery free of charge. The hospital will open next January."
But surgery alone is not enough, Gary said.
"We have to teach patients how to get their sense of pleasure back and overcome their inhibitions," she explained. "Therapy is equally important, and we're very grateful to Dr. Larry Ashley, a professor and sexual trauma counselor who volunteered to give individual sessions to each of our patients."
She said Mariame also benefitted from a workshop inspired by famed sexual therapist Dr. Betty Dodson.
"It helped her recover clitoral sensation and overcome her shyness about sex," Gary explained. "And it helped her accept the appearance of her repaired clitoris and trust that it really could give her pleasure now."
Also helpful to Mariame were vibrators and other sensual toys donated by Clitoraid's new partner, Good Vibrations, an adult toys retailer owned by women that is based in San Francisco.
"Vibrators help FGM reversal patients recover clitoral sensation," Gary said. "They reestablish nerve pathways, which patients can't achieve solely through finger stimulation."
The "Prophet" Rael declared: “Instead of using Clitoraid’s collected money to operate on just a few women, we should create the first Raelian Hospital, the 'Pleasure Hospital,' and operate on all African women, for free, with the help of Raelian or non-Raelian benevolent doctor,” according to the Clitoraid website.
The planned hospital is being built in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. It will be composed mainly of one operation room and two additional rooms. The non-profit Clitoraid has been in the process of raising $70,000 to build and equip it.
“It is a crime against humanity that today, in this so called enlightened 21st century, women in under-developed countries are subjected by force to participate in the sex trades, are denied common freedoms as we know and enjoy in the west, and in certain cultures, are slaves to barbaric practices such as clitoral mutilation in the name of religion and, moreover, male dominance. We can all help. we can support our sisters, and Adopt a Clitoris!” the Clitoraid website declares.
The goal of Clitoraid’s “Adopt a Clitoris” program is to create real, long lasting changes for women who have been forced to experience clitoral excision or genital mutilation against their will. To rebuild the female clitoris, a local anesthetic is applied so no pain is experienced when the surgeon uncovers the root of the original clitoris left after the excision. This root and tissues will become the new clitoris. The procedure takes 6 weeks for a woman to completely heal, with sexual pleasure and genetic normality being the end result.
“Most of the women in Burkina Faso cannot imagine having the money for such an operation. For most of them, it would be like spending two year's salary! Clitoraid is committed to provide these operations for free to as many women as possible. We will minimize our operating cost to the minimum, having mainly benevolent people involved in the whole process,” according to the organization’s website.
“But in order to provide such a service to the millions who have been mutilated, we need your help. By adopting a clitoris, (in part or in full) you can return the female body to its true form, which was denied them by unconscious thought and barbarianism. Imagine all the young girls who are dreaming to be whole again. You can make this wish come true, and be fundamental in the cease and desist of clitoral mutilation of the future!” the website urges.
To read more about the non-profit organization, visit Clitoraid on the web. The famous Good Vibrations sex toy store, located in San Francisco, can be reached through its website; while the legendary Dr. Betty Dodson can be contacted through her own website.
— The Curator