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Sexual Mutilations

A Human Tragedy

Editors: Denniston, George C., Milos, Marilyn Fayre (Eds.)

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Sexual mutilation is a global problem that affects 15. 3 million children and young adults annually. In terms of gender, 13. 3 million boys and 2 million girls are involuntarily subjected to sexual mutilation every year. While it is tempting to quantify and compare the amount of tissue removed from either gender, no ethical justification can be made for removing any amount of flesh from the body of another person. The violation of human rights implicit in sexual mutilation is identical for any gender. The violation occurs with the first cut into another person 's body. Although mutilation is a strong term, it precisely and accurately describes a condi­ tion denoting "any disfigurement or injury by removal or destruction of any conspicuous or essential part of the body. " While such terms as "circumcision" and "genital cutting" are less threatening to our sensitivities, they ultimately do a disservice by masking the fact of what is actually being done to babies and children. Although the courageous example of the survivors of sexual mutilation indicates that humans can certainly live and even re­ produce without all of their external sexualorgans, this biological phenomenon does not, however, justify subjecting a person to sexual mutilation. The remarkable resilience of the human body is a testament to the importance nature places on reproduction rather than a vindication for surgical practices that compromise this function.

Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • The Geography of Male and Female Genital Mutilations

    DeMeo, James

    Pages 1-15

  • A Short History of the Institutionalization of Involuntary Sexual Mutilation in the United States

    Hodges, Frederick

    Pages 17-40

  • Jehovah, His Cousin Allah, and Sexual Mutilations

    Abu-Sahlieh, Sami A. Aldeeb

    Pages 41-62

  • The Skoptzy

    Diers, Didier (et al.)

    Pages 63-66

  • Functional and Erotic Consequences of Sexual Mutilations

    Zwang, Gérard

    Pages 67-76

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sexual Mutilations
Book Subtitle
A Human Tragedy
Editors
  • George C. Denniston
  • Marilyn Fayre Milos
Copyright
1997
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-2679-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-2679-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-45589-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-3275-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 237
Number of Illustrations and Tables
30 b/w illustrations
Topics