Yes to Female Circumcision?

FGM shown on a 21-year-old Sudanese patient, d...

FGM shown on a 21-year-old Sudanese patient, described as a “karyotypic male presenting as a female with delayed puberty”. See Ellaithi, M et al. “Female genital mutilation of a karyotypic male presenting as a female with delayed puberty”, BMC Women’s Health. 2006, 6:6. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is it a good idea to fight against female circumcision? Not neccesarily according to Sierra Leonean-American anthropologist Fuambai Ahmadu.

In an interview in Anthropology Today (available free as pdf here), she attacks Western feminists, media and anti-Female Genital Mutilation campaigns and accuses them for presenting a one-sided, ethnocentric picture of female circumcision.

A great deal of what is regarded as facts is not true, she explains. Many people think circumcision is a “barbaric tradition” and “violence against women”. But Ahmadu does not see circumcision as mutilation. Circumcision is no notable negative effects on your health and does not inhibit female sexual desire either.

Full Story: http://www.antropologi.info/blog/anthropology/2010/female-circumcision

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Hmm. I’m sorry, but circumcision is genital mutilation whether performed on boys or girls. And there is NO MEDICAL REASON to do it. Smelly? Try washing once in a while!

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