mgm - more than just a dead movie studio
On the subject of female genital mutilation or female circumcision, and its male no-comparison-according-to-some counterpart, which I briefly alluded to in my women under Islam post, here's a fascinating take from a Moslem woman. Even more interesting is the commentary, especially pertaining to male circumcision/mutilation [mgm], how much of it is cultural, how much medical. Though just about all the commentary is informative.
After this wealth of information, I feel the jury's still out on whether fgm is a cultural or religious practice. Clearly it predates Islam, but that hardly proves that it was a purely cultural practice. As if there ever was a culture entirely separate from religion or vice versa. As to whether Islam has discouraged or encouraged the practice, there are commentators who argue vehemently for each side. So who can you believe? The main thing is to denounce and eliminate the practice, and there are encouraging signs that more and more states are getting on board.
I've never been circumcised/mutilated myself, and naturally I've wondered if my life would've been different...
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