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bijou
05-08-2010, 04:39 PM
(May 7) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics has moderated its policy on female circumcision -- a decision that quickly spurred widespread denunciation from advocacy groups and government officials.

The academy's committee on bioethics released a new position paper last week, suggesting that doctors perform a "ritual nick" to prevent families from going overseas for full circumcision procedures.

Right now, federal law in the United States prevents "any nonmedical procedure performed on the genitals" of females.

The position statement describes the nick as "a compromise" that could limit the number of young girls forced to endure female genital mutilation in their family's native country.

An estimated 100 million to 140 million girls and women in 28 countries have experienced female genital mutilation, according to the World Health Organization. In Africa, 3 million girls are still operated on each year.

In the U.S, the change to the American Academy of Pediatrics' stance occurred just as a members of Congress proposed a bill that would make traveling overseas for the procedure illegal. ...
http://www.aolnews.com/health/article/female-circumcision-compromise-allowing-ritual-nick-ignites-debate/19468638

Articulate_Ape
05-08-2010, 04:46 PM
Where's N.O.W. now?

fettpett
05-08-2010, 05:44 PM
wft....why compromise at all...this is as bad as trying to get pedophilia made a "mental disorder"

at lest for males all their taking off is a piece of skin, girls they take off the entire clitoris

Gingersnap
05-08-2010, 08:50 PM
Ritual nick? If these people could be satisfied with something like that, don't you think they would have already thought of it and implemented it?

FGM is designed to destroy female genital pleasure. The least invasive cultural expression of this idiocy involves cutting off the portion of the clitoris that extends above the skin. The amputation and subsequent scarring means the end of a girl's normal physiological response. At it's worst, girls are mutilated to point where they have to be physically cut open for impregnation and then again later for the birth.

If the heathen Chinese still favored footbinding in China, would it be okay for pediatricians to break a few toes on a little girl to satisfy a deranged cultural mandate?

CaughtintheMiddle1990
05-08-2010, 09:44 PM
Ritual nick? If these people could be satisfied with something like that, don't you think they would have already thought of it and implemented it?

FGM is designed to destroy female genital pleasure. The least invasive cultural expression of this idiocy involves cutting off the portion of the clitoris that extends above the skin. The amputation and subsequent scarring means the end of a girl's normal physiological response. At it's worst, girls are mutilated to point where they have to be physically cut open for impregnation and then again later for the birth.

If the heathen Chinese still favored footbinding in China, would it be okay for pediatricians to break a few toes on a little girl to satisfy a deranged cultural mandate?

That's disgusting and horrible. Whoever does those things to a woman, be it a child or adult,but especially if it were a child, is not a human but an animal. Some of the cultural relativists will say ''but we do circumcision.'' but circumcision is not only beneficial to one's health but also doesn't limit one's sexual pleasure--and there is also no control factors involved. FGM as you stated is to destroy female pleasure--it is all about control of a woman's body, which much of that culture endorses (besides FGM).

So fucking backward.

noonwitch
05-10-2010, 10:24 AM
Female genital mutilation is horrific. I refuse to call it circumcision, it just doesn't compare to the male version.


I understand the doctors wanting to compromise, to prevent even worse mutiliation done with dirty instruments and unsanitary conditions, but it's still wrong.

I don't know if NOW will be against this, but there are plenty of african-american women who are outspoken in their condemnation of this practice in Africa. Alice Walker has used the theme in some of her novels, to illustrate how the practice mistreats and exploits women. Missionaries from the AME and other black denominations also have condemned the practice. There are even some muslim groups that condemn the practice, because it doesn't come from Islam, it comes from ancient tribal (pagan) customs.

It's mostly practiced in East Africa-Somalia, Sudan, and places in that region.