- What Is Female Genital Mutilation? (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Female genital mutilation has medical benefits? (freethoughtblogs.com)
- Theresa May: ‘Shocking’ number of girls still undergoing female genital mutilation in the UK (dailymail.co.uk)
- What is Female Circumcision (socyberty.com)
- 2,000 More African Communities End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in 2011 (prweb.com)
- Female Genital Mutilation: Fire Eyes The Movie (koolnews.wordpress.com)
Originally posted on The Case Against Intactivism:
I have two blog posts planned for the night. I think I’ll go ahead and start on one of the most ridiculous claims put forth by intactivists. One that’s roundly mocked by pretty much anyone with two braincells to rub together.
There’s an oft-posted blog about a baby girl from Malaysia’s circumcision. In the blog, photos of the baby girl are shown, and then a couple of photos of the almost invisible piece of tissue removed from her clitoris. Is it something I’d do, or enjoy or necessarily support? No. But you can’t tell me that taking a piece of flesh smaller than this hyphen (-) is worse and more damaging than what’s done to a boy during circumcision. You also can’t tell me that a clitordectomy, the most common form of female genital cutting (which involves the removal of all or part of the clitoris, eliminating about 75% of women’s means of achieving orgasm) is exactly the same as male circumcision. Nor can you tell me that most FGCs are the same as RIC done in the US. The reason is that in the US, baby boys are circumcised with sterile, steel instruments, with some form of pain control and succor, and modern medical knowledge, including wound-care. Being held down by your family and having your clitoral hood sliced off with a tin can lid by an old women when you’re 5-14 years old is not at all comparable, no matter how analogous you believe the tissues are.
The comparison of FGC to RIC is routinely made, and then backtracked with a thousand caveats. The justifications are poor, but clung to, and most people either don’t care, lack the information or the ability to stand up to the horde when debating intactivists. The very few who do are utterly loathed. This isn’t the only extremely inappropriate comparison made. Here’s a few of my favorites: