Imagine someone bigger and stronger than you. He is taking your close off. You're naked. Then this stranger straps you down to a board with your legs spread apart then he ties down so you cannot move.
Try really hard to picture this.
Then your arms are spread apart. He ties them down too. You're protesting for him to stop. He doesn't stop.
This stranger takes a blunt probe and inserts it under your finger nail and separates each one from the fingers then he peels them off the finger. Yes, the finger nails because an infants foreskin is bonded to the glans like the finger nail is to the finger. Its designed to protect the meatus (pee hole) from urine and feces.
Next, he places a jaw like clamp to your clitoris, retracts your clitoral hood, replaces the hood over the instrument and then he clamps the instrument shut. Waits, for about 20 minutes because the tissue has to rot off before he can actually cut away your foreskin.
You're in agony. You thrash and buck down on the board that you're strapped down to. You're screaming to be let go but the man doesn't understand you. You're screaming so hard that you choke on your own vomit.
In the mean time, this stranger cauterizes your labia minora while saying "Ahh thats going to look so nice and pretty now." You go into complete shock.
He makes the final cut to amputate what was once a very healthy functional sexual organ, your foreskin. Then you pass out.
All for what? It was completely unnecessary. You might have a lower chance of labial adhesions or decrease the severity of a yeast infection, and limit your chances of bacterial overgrowth, you'll be aesthetically pleasing to those who have a fetish for a reduced genitalia and you could last longer in bed because well, with your calloused unprotected clitoris, you won't be as sensitive.
Was it worth it? Even if you don't remember it you'll have the scars to remind you of your sexual violation for the rest of your life.
Its violating another persons sex organs. So, yes its sexual abuse. The perpetrator is the Circumciser (or dya for FGM) who know better than to amputate normal healthy body parts on a non-consenting person. They really do know its wrong. Its covered in medical school. This criminal is getting 'off' on his evil deeds because he gets a reward every time he preforms a circumcision. He/she gets paid and thats fuel for this fire.
Just so you know, the skin of an Infant is super hyper-sensitive. They can feel pain far greater than adults.
I think the reason some men do not consider it abuse is because:
a) they do not remeber it. I am sure if this happened to them at 14 they would darn well considr it abuse!!!
b) they do not want to consider it abuse - and done by those who they love and love them. It is too painful. I think what Sammy JR said was spot on.
I have read of cases where an infant was sexually abused. It was obviously illegal and considered even more heinous because the child was so young, even thought the child would obviously not remember it as an adult.
So the fact that many men who are circumcised do not think they were abused is really not valid. As babies, they screamed for it to stop. That makes it abuse.