The "pleasure" argument

Until recently, khatna/khafz proponents argued that khatna was about removing the "haraam ki boti" (sinful flesh) and making women "naik" (ritually pure). Now the same people are saying that cutting the clitoral hood exposes the clitoris, making sex more pleasurable for women. This is a manipulative shift in narrative.

We at WeSpeakOut reject this new "pleasure" argument. It is a lie designed to cover up the inherent misogyny of khatna/khafz.


Most women don't need any sort of intervention to enjoy sexual experience. Why assume that all women need to be fixed to enjoy sex? But if clitoral unhooding is desirable, this should be determined after an adult has some sexual experience and is able to consent to her medical intervention, not when she is seven years old.


It is a decision to be made between an adult woman and her doctor, not between a seven year old child and a religious cleric.


The clitoral hood and clitoris are very close to each other so there is hardly any space between them, and the clitoris almost always gets cut when you attempt to cut or nick just the clitoral hood.  This irreparably damages a woman's ability to feel sexual pleasure.


Furthermore, for the vast majority of women, the clitoral hood plays an important anatomical role.  According to


Your clitoris contains over 15,000 nerve endings. Imagine all of those nerve endings constantly rubbing against the fabric of your clothing all day and night — ouch! The clitoral hood exists to protect this sensitive tissue from excessive stimulation and external irritants.


Glands in your clitoral hood also produce a lubricant called sebum. This helps your hood move smoothly over the glans and shaft of your clitoris.


WeSpeakOut’s position on khatna/khafz remains the same: it is a harmful, archaic practice designed to control women’s sexuality. It is a human rights abuse.







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