Are you perpetuating the genital cutting culture in Australia?
Take the test by answering the following questions.
Do you believe that girls should be able to decide for themselves if they want to have parts of their genitals cut?
Do you also believe that boys should be able to decide for themselves if they want to have parts of their genitals cut?
If you answered yes to the first question but no to the second, perhaps you are considering the issue with a gender bias.
Let’s try another set of questions:
Do you think that religious sensitivities should be respected when determining if Muslim parents should have the right to cut the genitals of their baby girls?
And do you also think that religious sensitivities should be respected when determining if Jewish parents should have the right to cut the genitals of their baby boys?
If you answered no to the first question but yes to the second, then perhaps you are looking at this issue with a religious bias.
And if after answering both sets of questions you have both a gender and religous bias towards genital cutting, then perhaps we do have a genital cutting culture in Australia.
I have received an overwhelmingly positive response to my first real attempt to explain to my family and friends and the world my very negative feelings about the fact that as a newborn, I was subjected to male genital mutilation (MGM).
Oddly enough, the most push back I’ve received has been from my own family. Maybe this is the first time that they’ve come to grips with the fact that their sons may grow up to feel that they were violated by MGM.
I sure hope that no one grows up to feel like they were violated, but I am not the first to feel this way about the fact that I was subjected to MGM, and until the practice is stopped, I will not be the last.
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