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Genital Cutting: Protecting Children from Medical, Cultural, and Religious Infringements

Denniston, George C., Hodges, Frederick M., Milos, Marilyn Fayre (Eds.)

2013, XII, 337 p. 32 illus., 25 illus. in color.

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  • The volume contains the most important up-to-date research on the subject
  • This topic currently is being addressed by governments around the world
  • Corrects widely held medical misinformation

Every year, across the globe, an estimated 13.3 million boys and 2 million girls are involuntarily subjected to genital cutting. Both male and female genital cutting persist, generating a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry that is defended by its proponents with dubious studies, manipulated statistics, and an appeal to “custom.” Physicians and parents alike have been misled into believing that these mutilations are beneficial, necessary, and harmless. Today, flawed studies have allowed the promotion of circumcision as a way of combating HIV/AIDS in Africa, an experiment that failed in the USA, where a half-million circumcised males have succumbed to AIDS. These facts notwithstanding, the public and legal outcry against these abuses is increasing. For instance, the high court in Cologne, Germany ruled in 2012 that circumcision harms the child, that the harm is irreversible, that it denies the child the right to his own body, and that circumcision denies the individual the right to choose his own religion. Thus, the issue of circumcision has expanded beyond the arena of medicine and is firmly established as a human rights and legal problem. The contributors to this volume, an international panel of experts in the fields of medicine, law, ethics, anthropology, sociology, history, religion, and politics, thoroughly examine and elucidate this violation of human rights.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Circumcision - Human Rights - Medical Ethics - Medicine and Law - Pediatrics

Related subjects » Anthropology & Archaeology - Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - Pediatrics - Psychology, general - Social Sciences - Surgery

Table of contents 


Tortured Bodies, Tortured Doctrines: Informed Consent as a Legal Fiction Inapplicable to Neonatal Male Circumcision
J. Steven Svoboda 

Routine Infant Circumcision: Vital Issues Circumcision Proponents May Be Overlooking
Robert S. Van Howe 

The Smart Penis
John R. Taylor 

The Harm of Circumcision
George C. Denniston 

Evolution of Circumcision Methods: Not "Just a Snip"
Hugh Young

Penile Wounding: The Spectrum of Complications of Routine Male Circumcision as Seen in a Typical American Family Medical Practice
Christopher Fletcher 

Male Circumcision and the Potential for Unexplained Male Adolescent Suicide in Northern Ireland
Linda Massie 

Healing the Harms of Circumcision: A Nursing Case Study
B. Maurene White 

Ten Years of Training: Family Medicine Residents as Conscientious Objectors to Circumcision
Michelle R. Storms 

Intersex Surgeries, Circumcision, and the Making of “Normal”
Elizabeth Reis 

Intersex Genital Autonomy: A Rights-Based Framework for Medical Intervention with Intersex Infants
Paul Mason 

The Sar/Rohan (The Possession): A Response of Somali Women To Pharaonic Circumcision/Infibulation (PhC)
Pia Grassivaro Gallo, Stefania Gazzea, and Antonio Iaria 

Genital Stretching Among the Venda Ethnic Group (South Africa)
Erika Dionisio and Franco Viviani

Male Circumcision Among the Venda of Limpopo (South Africa)
Erika Dionisio and Franco Viviani

Critique of African Circumcision and HIV RCTs, A Poster Presentation
Gregory J. Boyle 

Randomized Controlled Trials for HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Men in Africa: Untraced Infections, Unasked Questions, and Unreported Data
David Gisselquist 

Dangerous Myths and Tragic Misconceptions: Fighting HIV and AIDS Cases in Africa with Male Circumcision Strategies
Charles Geshekter 

Defying the Enlightenment: Jewish Ethnicity and Ethnic Circumcision
Leonard B. Glick

Circumcision: Gender and Power
Miriam Pollack 

Reclaiming Circumcision: Armenian Stories
Astrik Vardanyan 

Self-made Intactivism in the Middle East
Hatem Kamal Saied 

Genital Autonomy: A New Approach
David Smith 


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