A rose by any other name? Rethinking the similarities and differences between male and female genital cutting.

  title={A rose by any other name? Rethinking the similarities and differences between male and female genital cutting.},
  author={R. Darby and J. Svoboda},
  journal={Medical anthropology quarterly},
  volume={21 3},
  • R. Darby, J. Svoboda
  • Published 2007
  • Medicine
  • Medical anthropology quarterly
  • In this article, we offer a critical examination of the tendency to segregate discussion of surgical alterations to the male and female genitals into separate compartments--the first known as circumcision, the second as genital mutilation. We argue that this fundamental problem of definition underlies the considerable controversy surrounding these procedures when carried out on minors, and that it hinders objective discussion of the alleged benefits, harms, and risks. We explore the variable… CONTINUE READING
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