The American Academy of Pediatrics
is proposing that doctors be authorized to perform a “ritual nick”
on the genitals of pre-pubescent girls in order to satisfy cultural requirements and hopefully stave off more invasive forms of Female Genital Cutting (FGC):
Most forms of FGC are decidedly harmful, and pediatricians should decline to perform them, even in the absence of any legal constraints. However, the ritual nick suggested by some pediatricians is not physically harmful and is much less extensive than routine newborn male genital cutting. There is reason to believe that offering such a compromise may build trust between hospitals and immigrant communities, save some girls from undergoing disﬁguring and life-threatening procedures in their native countries, and play a role in the eventual eradication of FGC. It might be more effective if federal and state laws enabled pediatricians to reach out to families by offering a ritual nick as a possible compromise to avoid greater harm. (source: PDF; not safe for work, contains line drawings of female genitalia.)
posted by Rumple
on May 7, 2010 -
There's been plenty of Bullshit! on MetaFilter before
, and now there's more: Boy Scouts [1
] ("Duty to God ahead of country, others, and self, is the credo of suicide bombers."
); Wal-Mart Hatred
("Wal-Mart is one of the great anti-poverty programmes in the country."
("By the end of this programme, one of these three will drop their pants and show us the restored foreskin on their penis."
); and The Best
("Stupid? How many of you are searching for it on the web right now?"
posted by hoverboards don't work on water
on Apr 27, 2007 -
Islam Outlaws Female Genital Mutilation
"After listening to several international physicians, they pronounced the sensational decision to classify the custom of female genital mutilation (FGM) as punishable aggression and crime against humanity. As a result, the custom can no longer be practiced by Muslims. Now awareness of this decision has to be spread in the 33 affected countries." [+ WHO]
and [+ wp]
posted by FunkyHelix
on Dec 4, 2006 -
How were you circumcised?
A fascinating discussion of circumcision scar styles left by the different methods of circumcision. (NSFW, penis photos, slightly gruesome discussion of circumcision methods.)
posted by agropyron
on Apr 19, 2006 -
Circumcised at 22: A romantic epic.
It didn't feel as good. It really
didn't feel as good. It was an entirely different experience from sex with a foreskin, kind of like Star Wars vs. Star Wars: Episode I.
I never realized how much sexual pleasure was derived from my foreskin rubbing back and forth against my glans - a little bit of masturbation mixed in with sex.
posted by skallas
on Dec 4, 2003 -
other reparations movement: Penile reparations.
"...even where the procedure is performed at the professional standard, a circumcision is litigious if the consent is not informed... An army of lawyers will be there with this precedent and many more in their arsenal." [more inside]
posted by Slithy_Tove
on Aug 19, 2002 -
The unkindest cut.
"Standard medical practice dictates that intersex births like Carl's are emergencies that must be 'assigned' male or female and 'corrected' immediately to spare the parents the anguish of uncertainty, with no thought as to what the children would want." Er, wouldn't it be better to wait and see to which sex the child is attracted before slicing him/her to pieces?
posted by frykitty
on Mar 29, 2001 -
Circumcision seen to help prevent the spread of AIDS. Unfortunately, that's a little late for those already infected. You just have to hope that the people understand that it is male circumcision, and not female that helps protect.
posted by da5id
on Jul 11, 2000 -
Circumcision as a way to slow the spread of HIV.
I'm posting this here mostly 'cause I want to see some people's opinions on it. I'm against the operation for any reason other than religious, myself. I think a far better way to slow HIV would be to get people to stop sleeping around, but like that's
gonna happen, eh?
posted by CrayDrygu
on Jun 9, 2000 -