Women must undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) to help curb men's "sexual weakness", an Egyptian MP said.
Elhamy Agina added that the procedure would reduce women's "sexual appetites".
Illegal in Egypt since 2008, Agina said banning FGM would only work if Egypt had "strong men" who were able to control their desires.
"We are a population whose men suffer from sexual weakness, which is evident because Egypt is among the biggest consumers of sexual stimulants that only the weak will consume."
"If we stop [female genital mutilation], we will need strong men and we don't have men of that sort."
Nine out of 10 Egyptian women between the ages 15 to 49 have undergone FGM, according to the 2015Â Egyptians Health Issues Survey.
Egypt recently passed a bill to toughen the punishment for anyone found practicing FGM.