A tale of two cutting cultures
Jonathan writes for Rationalist.com.au about the double standard displayed by President Obama decrying female genital mutilation in Africa while turning a blind eye to male genital mutilation in the USA:
"It is ironic (to say the least) that a speech condemning female genital mutilation was delivered by the leader of a country where more than half of newborn boys have their genitals mutilated every year" says Meddings.
"The arguments supporting male circumcision – that it’s more hygienic, has medical benefits, looks better, or should be permitted because of tradition, religion, or because a lot of people do it – were all once used to support female circumcision in the West, and still are in less civilised parts of the world."
Read the full article here.