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Would you consider circumcision mutilation? No? How about infibulation? Clitoredectomy? Subcision? While most of us have definite ideas as to what we would consider mutilation very few people would consider circumcision to fall under this category.
The Arguments Against Circumcision:
"Routine circumcision of babies in the United States did not begin until the Cold War era. Circumcision is almost unheard of in Europe, Southern America, and non-Muslim Asia. In fact, only 10 to 15 percent of men throughout the world are circumcised."
"The natural penis requires no special care. A child's foreskin, like his eyelids, is self-cleansing. Forcibly retracting a baby's foreskin can lead to irritation and infection. The best way to care for a child's intact penis is to leave it alone."
http://www.cirp.org/news/Mothering1997/ The Case Against Circumcision by Paul M. Fleiss, MD A great article damning the practice. Refer to this link to check the references given in the article presented above.
http://www.circlist.com/resources/resources.html Gives an extensive list of sites concerning circumcision with commentary. Most of the sites appear to be sympathetic to the practice.
http://www.circlist.com/circhome.html The home page of this pro-circumcision site.
http://www.cirp.org/pages/anat/ A good treatment of penile anatomy and the consequences of circumcision.
http://www.circumstitions.com/Works.html Animation illustrating the function of the prepuce.
http://www.circumstitions.com/reasonsnotto.html 38 reasons to not circumcise
http://www.circumstitions.com/Functions.html 17 functions of the foreskin
http://www.circumstitions.com/One-liners.html This presents responses to various arguments for circumcision.
Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 1983 Sep;4(3):227-9.
Subincision of the penis is a traditional ritual mutilation unique to the Aborigines, the indigenous people of Australia. The mutilation is a urethrotomy in which the undersurface of the penis is incised and the urethra slit open lengthwise. Subincision is one element in the initiation of Aboriginal youths. In later ceremonies, repeated throughout adult life, the subincised penis is used as a site for ritual bloodletting. There also exists a ritual of penis holding which occurs when a subincised man enters a strange camp. The origin of subincision and the reason for its localization to the Australian continent has not been satisfactorily explained. The mutilation is still performed among tribal Aborigines, and identifies a man as holding a position of status within the tribe.
FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION:
With good cause people condemn the barbaric practice of female mutilation. Why is little heard about male genital mutilation?
"What is Female Genital
The vast majority (85%) of genital
mutilations performed in Africa consist of clitoridectomy or excision. The least
radical procedure consists of the removal of the clitoral hood.
Read the rest of this article which presents the harmful physical effects of this horrible anachronism of the past.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is practiced in many forms: