posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 04:59 AM
I'm wondering lately why circumcision is not properly called Male Genital Mutilation, whereas female circumcision is known as such. Circumcision for
males is culturally accepted in the West, yet when it happens to females it's considered a horrid tragedy perpetuated by irrational, superstitious
Is this because 'Female Genital Mutilation' is a foreign concept to Westerners, and thus horrific, or is it because removing the most sensitive
parts of the human genitalia for no reason whatsoever is in itself horrific, but we accept it outright? The idea that male circumcision is performed
for hygiene is not true, and in fact its origins in America amongst gentiles were for reasons of sexual purity, as detailed by a proponent of the
operation, John Harvey Kellogg:
"Tying the hands is also successful in some cases. Covering the organs with a cage has been practiced with entire success. In females, the author has
found the application of pure carbolic acid to the clitoris an excellent means of allaying abnormal excitement. A remedy which is almost always
successful in small boys is circumcision. The operation should be performed by a surgeon without administering an anesthetic, as the pain attending
the operation will have a salutary effect on the mind."
Um... thanks, John, I'm not quite sure I'll ever look at corn flakes the same way again.
Anyway, I find the practice of mutilating a child's body horrific, male or female. What's interesting about the issue of Female Genital Mutilation
is how serious the term sounds. It was definitely formed by a propagandista for maximum psychological revulsion by using the words...
Female - subconsciously associated with vulnerability
Genital - an emotional word with strong cultural sensitivity
Mutilation - self-explanatory
...whereas Male Genital Mutilation is still conveniently referred to as the benign-sounding circumcision, when in fact the operations have the same
overall physical and psychological effects on the victims, since the glans and the clitoris are the most-common feature of male and female
Next time you hear of someone talking about circumsizing their baby boy, just say, "Oh, you mean Male Genital Mutilation?" The reaction is