Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Video: Comparing Male Circumcision and Female Genital Mutilation

This video was one among several links that Jen left on my first FGM post.  It is a great video that I found helpful in formulating my own growing opinion on FGM which, simply, is that any form of genital mutilation is barbaric and no child should be subjected to any form of tampering whatsoever in their genital regions.  That is not the most eloquent sentence I have ever uttered but I am somewhat hampered by the chilling notion of letting a trained clinician take a “nick” out of my own clitoris never mind a small baby.  Hell no. 

Jen, who runs the blog European Politics and Minority Integration, also left some more great links.  Thank you Jen for always asking me the hard questions.

Following on from Jen’s comments, I have done some research and am happy to say that the AAP retracted their statement:  United States: AAP withdraws statement on FGM.

New York - International human rights organization Equality Now welcomes the AAP’s decision to withdraw its ill-conceived revised policy statement on female genital mutilation (FGM) issued on April 26, 2010. The new policy statement essentially promoted Type IV FGM, as categorized by the World Health Organization (WHO), and suggested that federal and state laws might be more effective if they “enabled pediatricians to reach out to families by offering a ‘ritual nick’.” In a release issued today, the AAP stated that it has “retired” its 2010 revised statement on FGM, is opposed to “all forms of female genital cutting” and “does not endorse the practice of offering a 'clitoral nick.'” - EqualityNow.org

I think it is good news that the AAP retracted their statement because as I mentioned above, I agreed with their statement that pandering to the practice only serves to perpetuate it.



  1. Some people say that FGM is cultural, and we cannot criticise another culture. Culture is often used as a disguise for human rights violations. Who owns the culture? Who produces, controls and distributes its values? Who dominates and profits from the culture? FGM exists in male dominated societies and "culture" or Islam is used as a justification. A Somalian man once told me that he could never have sex with a woman if he knew she could experience pleasure from the act! So, away with the clitoris. You are right - this is barabric thinking, nevermind that FGM is carried out by women upon women. Like all hegemonies, the oppressed contributes to their own oppression. This is an incredibly important subject, it should top our agendas, so thanks so much to spreading awareness via your blog.

  2. Wow, this is an excellent comment! I will be running an interview with a leading campaigner this week and she also tackles the idea of culture. I hope you find it useful.

    "Somalian man once told me that he could never have sex with a woman if he knew she could experience pleasure from the act!" <--- that made me actually feel ill.

  3. omg!!! FGM is totally mental!!!!!
    anyone condone this practice or supports it in any way shape or form, seriously needs to seek help!!!!
    I don't care if it is cultural, religious, traditional or what ever reason given........
    FGM is mental & must be stopped!!!
    WTF is wrong with people, governments!!!!! " DO SOMETHING " !!!!!!!!!

  4. You're quite right, Anonymous. Which area are you in? There are organisations across the world fighting FGM and I am sure you can join up to fight against it.


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