Surgical Guide to Circumcision

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Female Genital Cutting: The Misnomer of Female Circumcision

  • Stephanya ShearAffiliated withSouthside Urology and Nephrology Email author 
  • , Laura HartAffiliated with
  • , Doug DiekemaAffiliated withDivision of Bioethics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of MedicineTreuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children’s Research Institute

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This section will address the issue of female genital cutting, often referred to as female circumcision or genital mutilation. This section will describe the forms of female genital cutting, where it is practiced, the role of culture and beliefs about gender roles associated with the practice, efforts to restrict or eliminate the practice, and end with some thoughts on how Western medicine and culture think differently about male circumcision than female genital cutting.