, 7 tweets, 4 min read
In Malaysia "health & hygiene" most common reasons given for female "circumcision" (type IV nicking) (buff.ly/35nMWLD); I argue if "health benefits" seen 2 justify genital cutting children, pro-female "circumcision" ppl will adopt those arguments: buff.ly/2RX3SBC
Tendency toward trivialization non-consensual genital cutting in female "circumcision" among its supporters: "it's like ear-piercing, and that's okay, so what's the big deal?" bmjopen.bmj.com/content/9/4/e0…
Female "circumcision" in Malaysia increasingly carried out by doctors, with belief they have better expertise and it will be safer. Again, unless non-consensual genital cutting of children is regarded as *wronging* the child regardless of harm-level, medicalization will continue.
As with male circumcision, a complex mix of reasons offered for why it must be done ... religion, tradition, hygiene ... the reasons change, but the perceived need to cut children's genitals before they can consent or withhold consent continues bmjopen.bmj.com/content/9/4/e0…
Why must it be done on children? The exact same reasons as given for male circumcision: child easier to restrain, skin is thinner (less developed blood vessels), less embarrassment and pain, and quicker would healing. Compare reasons for FGC on left with MGC on right.
Again: if medically unnecessary genital cutting of boys is seen as permissible for any reason (religion, health, culture, tradition, doesn't matter), then female "circumcision" defenders need only parrot Western justifications for their own "harmless" practice.
But not only is the "harmless" claim highly contestable in both cases, the more important point is that, *regardless* of the level of harm caused, it *wrongs* the child to cut its most intimate anatomy before it can consent absent medical necessity tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.10…
Missing some Tweet in this thread?
You can try to force a refresh.

Like this thread? Get email updates or save it to PDF!

Subscribe to Brian D. Earp
Profile picture

Get real-time email alerts when new unrolls are available from this author!

This content may be removed anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Follow Us on Twitter!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!