The medicalization of female "circumcision": harm reduction or promotion of a dangerous practice?

  title={The medicalization of female "circumcision": harm reduction or promotion of a dangerous practice?},
  author={B. Shell-Duncan},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  volume={52 7},
  • B. Shell-Duncan
  • Published 2001
  • Medicine
  • Social science & medicine
  • In recent decades the practice of female "circumcision" has come under intense international scrutiny, often conceptualized as a violation of women's basic right to health. Although the adverse health consequences of female "circumcision" form the basis of opposition to the practice, anti-circumcision activists, as well as many international medical associations, largely oppose measures to improve its safety. The debate over medicalization of female "circumcision" has, up until now, been cast… CONTINUE READING
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