The same request becomes more vexing in an asymptomatic patient who asks for the procedure because she doesn't feel her labia are "normal." The average inner labia
is thought to be 4.5 cm in width when extended to the side, but where that definition of normal came from, Dr.
In the absence of Ayaan's parents, Granny arranged for a stranger from the blacksmith clan to cut off the girl's inner labia
and clitoris with a pair of scissors--"like a butcher snipping the fat off a piece of meat." The terror palpable early on in Hirsi Ali's mesmerizing memoir, INFIDEL (Free Press, $26), then goes underground for years and pages, subconscious and subcutaneous, like radioactive dye waiting for magnetic resonance.