Michigan is set to become the 26th American state to join the federal government in criminalizing female genital mutilation (FGM), even as two Detroit area doctors and one of their wives await trial for inflicting the procedure on a number of young girls. FGM, which is common in some parts of Africa and the Middle East, involves using a razor to remove all or part of a girl’s clitoris and parts of the vulva.
By western standards, this amounts to child abuse and criminal assault. FGM defenders claim that the practice makes girls feel “clean;” that it helps them to fit into their subculture; and that it promotes good marriages.
We’re not swayed by such rationalizations — but can we see past our own cultural blind spots?
Our clinics are performing their own mutilations on perfectly healthy people – delaying puberty in boys and girls with “gender dysphoria.”