Another int. paper, female circ in USA

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Another int. paper, female circ in USA
Sun, 09-27-2009 - 8:18am

From St. George's University
School of Medicine

On page 2


"Lest people in the United States feel superior when it comes to female circumcision, a short history is in order.

Female circumcision in the United States began to be advocated in the early 19th century as a way to control masturbation and to relieve women of those pesky sexual urges. Both clitoridotomy and clitoridectomy were practiced.
There were several groups advocating clitoridectomy and they lasted until 1925. It is not know precisely when the practice ended in the United States but this form of female circumcision was covered by Blue Cross/Blue Shield until 1977. The last clitoridotomy performed to reduce sexually activity was probably the surgery performed in 1958 to stop a 5 year old girl from masturbating. All through the fifties some United States doctors recommend the clitoridotomy form of female circumcision for hygienic reasons and to reduce masturbation.

United States doctors performed an extreme form of female circumcision, the neurectomy, at the turn of the 20th century on institutionalized girls and women. As late as 1950 a very extreme form of female circumcision, electrical cauterization, was performed in the United States on mental patients to stop masturbation."

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Registered: 03-15-2005
Sun, 09-27-2009 - 1:15pm

That is disturbing.

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Registered: 07-02-2009
Sun, 09-27-2009 - 6:07pm

Yet it's remarkable that the very same excuses are still used for male circumcision.

The old adage: "What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander," is especially pertinent when applied to circumcision. Females masturbate and are no less genitally

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Registered: 04-02-2003
Mon, 09-28-2009 - 11:21am

"Such inconsistency is both unfathomable and indefensible."

Yes, definitely indefensible when its a doctor or other medical professional that is advocating circumcision.