Jan i don't really see what your problem is.
Okay there are more muslims and they are circumcising their sons.
How is this a failure of secularism or multiculturalism?
Yes performing cosmetic surgery on the genitalia of infants is wrong.
Yes there needs to be a proactive response to the issue, I would favour public information campaigns against it but I think that a ban simmilar to that against FGM could be an option.
But I don't see how this is a failure of multiculturalism? Have we tried to get them to stop? Have we made it clear that the practice is unaccpetable?
Lef, there are many different forms of FGM. Some are seen to be analogous to male circumcision. The removal of the clitoral hood beeing somewhat similar to the removal of the foreskin. It is a cosmetic change which does not hugely reduce sexual pleasure.
Complete infibulation is rather different.
The penetration of the bride's infibulation takes anywhere from 3 or 4 days to several months. Some men are unable to penetrate their wives at all (in my study over 15%), and the task is often accomplished by a midwife under conditions of great secrecy, since this reflects negatively on the man's potency. Some who are unable to penetrate their wives manage to get them pregnant in spite of the infibulation, and the woman's vaginal passage is then cut open to allow birth to take place. A great deal of marital anal intercourse takes place in cases where the wife can not be penetrated—quite logically in a culture where homosexual anal intercourse is a commonly accepted premarital recourse among men—but this is not readily discussed. Those men who do manage to penetrate their wives do so often, or perhaps always, with the help of the "little knife." This creates a tear which they gradually rip more and more until the opening is sufficient to admit the penis. In some women, the scar tissue is so hardened and overgrown with keloidal formations that it can only be cut with very strong surgical scissors, as is reported by doctors who relate cases where they broke scalpels in the attempt.
They are all creepy and wrong and barbaric but some are much worse than others.
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