Female Genital Cutting: The Misnomer of Female Circumcision

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Abstract

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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Southside Urology and NephrologyDanvilleUSA
  2. 2.SeattleUSA
  3. 3.Division of Bioethics, Department of PediatricsUniversity of Washington School of MedicineSeattleUSA
  4. 4.Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children’s Research InstituteSeattleUSA

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