Genital cutting – whether done to those designated female, intersex or male at birth – is not about skin. Yes – it’s skin that gets cut. But it’s not about skin. It’s about consent.
In this video, Soraya Mire – a survivor of female genital mutilation and a leading activist for the right to bodily integrity – speaks out about male genital mutilation in America (what gets called circumcision
, and how it parallels female genital mutilation in Africa and the Middle East.
Should male genital alteration be legal? Absolutely – but only for hose who are old enough to make that decision for themselves.
Should female genital alteration be legal? Absolutely – but only for those who are old enough to make that decision for themselves.
Should intersex genital alteration be legal? Absolutely – but only for those who are old enough to make that decision for themselves.
Consent: their body, their choice. Without consent from the person whose genitals are being cut, it is mutilation.
All children have a right to bodily integrity: female, intersex, male – stop cutting childrens’ genitals.
Many of us are used to hearing – about male circumcision – that it is just a snip or that it is merely the removal of a little piece of skin and that it is no big deal or even it is healthier – we also often hear that it is a parent’s choice.
Are these some of the things that you have been inculcated with about circumcision? If so, it only follows that you probably believe them – especially if you have not been exposed to the contrary evidence. It is very difficult for people to hear that what they think they know about a given issue is based on belief and not fact. Jarring, even, to everything that you think you know.
It is not the responsibility of any person to prove to you that circumcision is needless and wrong when not medically justified – nobody can convince you of anything. Opinions – informed opinions – can only be formed when there is a thorough investigation of the facts.
Over the coming time I will provide you with information – from a skeptical and ethical viewpoint – regarding circumcision to assist you in developing an informed opinion based on facts.