It’s a claim that I have come across often during the circumcision debate. Namely, that female circumcision is an atrocity, that cannot be tolerated at all. OK, I can agree to that. Yet once I say “It’s like male circumcision” some people say “it doesn’t compare at all how dare you”.
So can someone please explain to me why female genital mutilation should not be comparable to male circumcision? Why we cannot call it male genital mutilation?
As from where I am standing, there is no difference about the act itself. In both cases healthy tissue gets cut off without imminent medical need and without taking the child’s will into account. And even assuming that female circumcision is ten orders of magnitude worse than the male one, how come that male circumcision is seen as tolerable? As if it seems OK to cut off the little finger of boys while it is not OK to cut off an arm of girls.
For me, both a wrong, absolutely wrong.
Looking for reasons as to why those both acts should not be comparable.
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- derinthemadscientist answered: I didn’t say it was castration, I said it was more comparable in the level of pain and mutilation than it is to male circumcision.
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- oh-your-god answered: My understanding is that FGM causes permanent nerve damage while MGM doesn’t.
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- thexygal answered: It is an unnessicary and irreversible procedure preformed on a child without consent. Comparison ends there.
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- tapewarm answered: the penis still functions perfectly fine after circumcision while the clitoris is completely removed, not really comparable.
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- rainbowgenderpunk answered: fgm is often done to “keep girls pure”; female orgasms are viewed as shameful. still, infant circumcision should be fucking illegal.
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- sledgehammertoe answered: Penile circumsision has health benefits as well, most well-known being that circumsized men who are HIV+ are less likely to spread the virus.
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- freedominwickedness answered: The short answer is, “Because even the mildest form of FGM is a far more extensive operation than male circumcision.”