Medical Ethics Journal Suggests Allowing Limited FGM Is ‘Culturally Sensitive’

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A study published this week in the Journal of Medical Ethics suggested that allowing some milder forms of female genital mutilation — a ritual practiced by some Middle Eastern and African communities — is more “culturally sensitive” than an outright ban on the practice.

Kavita Arora of Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University and Allan Jacobs of New York’s Stony Brook University argued that allowing a ritual “nick” of girls’ vaginas could prevent their families carrying out a more radical disfiguring mutilation.

The doctors argued that “labeling these de minimis procedures as ‘mutilation’ is culturally insensitive and discriminatory towards women, and that they do not constitute a human rights violation.”
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/02/24/article-in-medical-ethics-journal-suggests-allowing-limited-female-genital-mutilation-is-culturally-sensitive/
 

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TheTrisagion said:
A study published this week in the Journal of Medical Ethics suggested that allowing some milder forms of female genital mutilation — a ritual practiced by some Middle Eastern and African communities — is more “culturally sensitive” than an outright ban on the practice.

Kavita Arora of Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University and Allan Jacobs of New York’s Stony Brook University argued that allowing a ritual “nick” of girls’ vaginas could prevent their families carrying out a more radical disfiguring mutilation.

The doctors argued that “labeling these de minimis procedures as ‘mutilation’ is culturally insensitive and discriminatory towards women, and that they do not constitute a human rights violation.”
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/02/24/article-in-medical-ethics-journal-suggests-allowing-limited-female-genital-mutilation-is-culturally-sensitive/
I was unaware that being culturally sensitive equated to medicine. So does that mean if someone drinks Liquid Plumber, but its culturally sensitive, that it will magically not kill them?

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TheTrisagion said:
A study published this week in the Journal of Medical Ethics suggested that allowing some milder forms of female genital mutilation — a ritual practiced by some Middle Eastern and African communities — is more “culturally sensitive” than an outright ban on the practice.

Kavita Arora of Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University and Allan Jacobs of New York’s Stony Brook University argued that allowing a ritual “nick” of girls’ vaginas could prevent their families carrying out a more radical disfiguring mutilation.

The doctors argued that “labeling these de minimis procedures as ‘mutilation’ is culturally insensitive and discriminatory towards women, and that they do not constitute a human rights violation.”
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/02/24/article-in-medical-ethics-journal-suggests-allowing-limited-female-genital-mutilation-is-culturally-sensitive/
For some reason, I think Glenn Beck would throw a hissy fit if someone wanted to ban male circumcision.

I'm no fan of FGM in any form, but the specific variety being discussed in this article is far less invasive than male circumcision (let alone metzitzah b'peh and things like that), so methinks The Blaze doth protest too much.
 

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I have to admit to being someone torn on this recommendation as I think getting rid of all FGM would be the ideal, yet at the same time, if that is not possible (because it seems to just drive it underground and thereby making the results potentially worse), perhaps encouraging people to move to this "less destructive" method would be a good pathway solution in the over all goal of eradicating it.
 
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