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D. Jacobson on qualitative research in Somali women's 'lived experience' of FGC. Many women described embarrassment at not being cut, feeling jealous of those girls that had. Theme of silence: many women had not shared their stories with anyone but their doctor. Many women said
the fathers were absent from the cutting, often angry w. the women's mothers for allowing them/encouraging them to go through the cutting process (a fairly common theme in the literature). Somali women arriving in Toronto thought all women were cut - it was "normal." But now they
felt abnormal in this new culture. Doctors responded w. shock, asking if genitals were that way "because of cancer" rather than knowledgable, sensitive approach. Another theme: experience of pain, may be context-dependent, not always noticed before migration (cc @LCHeathcote)
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