Ironic, isn’t it? That we in the West have been working so hard for decades to achieve equal rights for our girls and women (and we’re closing in on that goal now), yet we appear deaf, dumb and blind to the plight of boys who are exposed to male genital mutilation.
In Denmark we pride ourselves on being voted the happiest people on the planet, on being one of the safest countries to live in, on respecting human rights – of course – and we take pride in our children.
Child labour is illegal, spanking is strictly forbidden and naturally female genital mutilation is considered an abomination and has been prohibited since 2003 (France outlawed it already back in 1979, but let’s not get carried away. Better late than never, right?).
Then there’s the boys. Their genitals get mutilated too. We just call it circumcision and excuse our lack of care for these boys with respect for the religion and ancient cultural rituals that their parents choose to brand on their bodies.
Perhaps some of our indifference is due to ignorance. Some people think that male genital mutilation (circumcision) is Just a Snip and not nearly as intrusive as female genital mutilation. That’s simply not correct.