The Other FGM Debate: Is Male Circumcision Also Child Abuse?
There is currently very serious concern in the UK about the increasing numbers of small girls – estimated to be over 20,000 annually – who are at risk of FGM (female genital mutilation). This is indisputably a matter of child abuse; discussion and news on action about #NoFGM in the UK can be found on this website here. But many maintain that male circumcision is also child abuse and should be banned in the UK. You are therefore welcome to share information and (evidenced) views about male circumcision as well, via the Comments box below.
Some initial thoughts:
FGM: The Difficult Debates (considers also male circumcision)
Circumcision Information (official positions in Australia, UK, South Africa, Canada, Netherlands, USA, Finland, Sweden, Denmark)
Pros & Cons:
About Kids’ Health: Circumcision (The Hospital for Sick Children)
Male circumcision and FGM are not equivalent (Margaret Nelson, The Answer’s 42 blog)
Circumcision Policy Statement (American Academy of Pediatrics, 27 August 2012)
The case against (male, child) circumcision:
The WHOLE Network
Circumcision Should Be Banned (Paul Livingstone)
Chapter 18 of “Circumcision: An American Health Fallacy” by Edward Wallerstein (Springer, 1980)
The items above are of course just a small sample of possible reference points.
Please feel free to add further information and (evidence-based) opinion via the Comments box below…
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For more general information on FGM please see: #NoFGM: A Listing For Action & References On Female Genital Mutilation.