Originally Posted by A&A
The tie-in factor is the culture that promotes both -- the culture that says (to men and women) that their genitalia is not good enough --so either we'll forcibly "fix" it for you when you're an infant, or we'll make you think it's necessary to fix it yourself later.
A great book to read on this topic is "Secret Wounds" by Hanny Lightfoot-Klein.
PS. The PP said "genital mutilation" and but you specifically said female genital mutilation. Genital mutilation happens to boys, as well (especially in America, but we usually give it the euphemized label of "circumcision.")
The tie in doesn't work for me due to the differences in the practices. The differences are substantial enough for me to view these things in different lights.
The PP said 'genital mutilation' in one sentence and referenced women in the following sentence. This led me to believe that she was focusing on female genital mutilation as the original post was focused on a presumed rise in
genital plastic surgery specifically amongst WOMEN. The PP has not corrected me but I assume she will do so if I have misconstrued her point.
I'm surprised that you would find it necessary to educate me regarding the existence of male circumcision, a practice that I do not condone or support but which is, unlike female genital mutilation, performed in a medical environment with sterile instruments. Yes, I find it barbaric. However, I find shaving off a young girl's clitoris with a rusty knife or a piece of glass to be even MORE barbaric. I choose to use the phrase 'genital mutilation' for the practice against women. I do not justify this choice, and it is a CHOICE and true choice requires no justication.
My sister-in-law is a nurse in a cardiac intensive care unit who swears that the uncircumcised men that she has cared for experience many health issues related to their uncircumcised condition and she believes that circumcision has health benefits in later life that warrant the procedure. I don't know if that is the case or not, and I realize that there are no medical authorities that recommend routine circumcison, but I don't think my sister-in-law would be inclined to lie about her personal experiences in the medical field. I have no son, but if I did I would not circumcise him under any