But it never excited me that my vagina had to be modified for the sexual gratification of a man.A man who I had not even met or seen yet, someone who I was not even sure I wanted to meet ever in my life.
She had no choice but to risk encountering both, since her school in Bunda Chunsu village, northern Zambia, had no proper toilets, forcing Chansa and her classmates to use the surrounding grasslands instead.
The school once had a latrine but it now stands abandoned at the side of a soccer field, covered with burnt grass.
"Girls would go to the makeshift toilet and run out almost half-naked because they would find a snake lurking there," he said, sitting in his small office overlooking the schoolyard where a Zambian flag on a pole was flapping in the wind.
For girls, especially those who, like Chansa, had started their periods, using the bush as a toilet meant a lack of privacy and dignity.
Eventually, because the practice made me feel uncomfortable, I stopped and promised myself that I would not put myself through that pain again.
But I had still been forced to experience what I consider forced bodily modification and bodily interference because my aunties made me conform to the social construct that suggested that I would not be attractive to men if my labia minora were not the ‘desirable’ length.
The students refused to use it due to constant overflowing.
"I almost cried when I came here and saw the facilities," head teacher John Zulu told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The childhood friends have since starred in dozens of high-profile films and Affleck gained another Oscar when his 2012 political thriller Argo that he directed and starred in won Best Picture.
Damon is a co-founder of along with Gary White who has been a longtime advocate of providing safe drinking water in developing countries.
I still have vivid memories of my early teenage days when my sisters and I were constantly being told to pull our labia minora (inner vaginal lips).