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Topic: FGM/Circumcision - not comparable
Posted by: Birna Helgadottir
Date/Time: 17/06/15 23:30:00

"I think we should settle for the conclusion that both are mutilation, and both are undesirable."
No, I am not settling for this conclusion. Having your entire external genitalia sliced off is not remotely the same as having the bit of skin that covers the end of your penis snipped off.
I'm getting a bit fed up with otherwise perfectly sensible chaps on t'internet doing the whole "what about the mens" routine on this one.
Male circumcision may be misguided and unkind but its purpose is, I believe, originally linked to hygiene. It is not being carried out in order to stop men enjoying sex. It doesn't stop men enjoying sex. The existence of harems in Islamic culture seems to indicate that circumcised Muslim men are in fact cheerfully enthusiastic about sex, wouldn't you say?
FGM on the other hand is carried out for the sole purpose of making sex so painful and unpleasant for women that their chastity is guaranteed. ie they will only have sex with their husbands because they have to, they certainly aren't going to have sex with anyone else for fun.
It also makes other natural processes, such as urinating and childbirth, extremely difficult, painful and dangerous. Which again does not affect circumcised men.

However, I have no idea why the original question was asked, ie whether FGM and forced marriage "should be banned". Both practices are illegal in this country already.


Entire Thread
TopicDate PostedPosted By
FGM and Forced Marriages16/06/15 20:19:00 Loraine Pemberton
   Re:FGM and Forced Marriages16/06/15 20:32:00 Andy Pease
   Re:FGM and Forced Marriages16/06/15 20:46:00 Nigel Brooks
   Re:FGM and Forced Marriages16/06/15 20:51:00 Anne England
      Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages16/06/15 21:10:00 Loraine Pemberton
         Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages16/06/15 22:05:00 Claire Moran
            Re:Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages16/06/15 22:10:00 bobby osborne
   Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 08:36:00 Larry Stamford
      Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 08:46:00 Loraine Pemberton
         Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 10:24:00 Colin Jordan
            Re:Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 10:56:00 Vanessa Smith
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 11:06:00 Claudia Jachtmann
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 11:22:00 Loraine Pemberton
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages18/06/15 10:06:00 Claudia Jachtmann
   Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 11:48:00 Will Watson
      Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 13:12:00 Peter Millman
         Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 13:27:00 Andy Pease
            Re:Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 13:54:00 Madeleine Hazard
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 14:03:00 Colin Jordan
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 14:15:00 Will Watson
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 14:17:00 Loraine Pemberton
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 16:05:00 Colin Jordan
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 16:15:00 Will Watson
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 16:21:00 Claire Moran
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 16:39:00 Loraine Pemberton
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 16:54:00 Colin Jordan
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 17:04:00 Claire Moran
                                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 19:58:00 Peter Millman
                                       Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FGM and Forced Marriages17/06/15 20:02:00 Claire Moran
                                          FGM/Circumcision - not comparable17/06/15 23:30:00 Birna Helgadottir
                                             Re:FGM/Circumcision - not comparable17/06/15 23:55:00 Georgina Flint
                                                Re:Re:FGM/Circumcision - not comparable18/06/15 08:16:00 Colin Jordan
                                             Re:FGM/Circumcision - not comparable18/06/15 08:32:00 Loraine Pemberton

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