Anthropologists Debate Female Circumcision

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4 Responses

  1. Margaret says:

    I think you shouldn’t use the term “female circumcision” at all. It’s not an accurate term for any form of female genital cutting (at best) or mutilation (at worst, and at most common). But maybe that’s just a “kneejerk conclusion” based on my “cultural disposition.”

  2. adhum says:

    I think you’ll find this recent paper on genital cutting very interesting:

    Darby, Robert and Svoboda, J. Steven (2007) A Rose by Any Other Name? Rethinking the Similarities and Differences between Male and Female Genital Cutting. MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY QUARTERLY, Vol. 21, Issue 3, pp. 301-323, ISSN 0745-5194, online ISSN 1548-1387.

    Download the pdf for free here.

  3. nornerator says:

    I do not see what the big deal is here.

    I understand that in some countries within certain religions it is practice to preform “female circumcision” which often times simply means destroying the possibility of sexual satisfaction later in life.

    This practice seems to be a bad idea IN GENERAL.

    However if the story is portrayed accurately the procedure the hospital was considering appeared to be the most rational thing to do.

    Unlike politicians many medical professionals ethics very seriously.

    In this case it was quite clear that if the hospital did not perform this simple and safe medical procedure, it would be performed by somebody either poorly trained or not trained at all which could result some very negative possibilities.

    Once again politicians need to stand out of the way of intellectuals. It is clear that intellectuals are far more concerned with ethics than politicians are, yet for some reason it is the politicians that get to make policy decisions over ethical issues, stem cell research for instance, not intelligent people.

    Tis a sad world we live in.

  4. Waia says:

    Female Genital Cutting is not required by any religion. Much like Male Genital Cutting (widespread in the US), it is practiced by Christians, Muslims, Jews, and people of other faiths. Nor does it necessarily mean destroying the possibility of sexual satisfaction. Many “circumcised” women report experiencing orgasm regularly and some even report greater sexual pleasure than before. In addition, there are other erogenous zones completely unaffected by FGC.

    Finally, a number of forms of FGC are actually quite similar to Female Genital Cosmetic Surgeries, which are becoming increasingly popular in the US (check out or a number of other sites on FGCS).