Does pain and suffering have a gender bias?


Circumcision / genital mutilation on Wikipedia

Circumcision / genital mutilation on Wikipedia

Reading article after article on genital mutilation and circumcision one thing appears striking – boys do not get mutilated, girls do.

That is to say both girls and boys undergo involuntary  permanent amputations of parts of their genitalia – often without anaesthesia – but when girls are subjected to these  incidents we call it assaults. We consider it degrading and demeaning, we embrace their suffering and we wish to relieve it. We call it genital mutilation and we call for an end to it.

When it happens to boys somehow it becomes a completely different matter. It’s Just a Snip. They should man up. How hard can it be? Don’t they live just fine without their foreskin? It’s probably cleaner that way. It’s just a circumcision.

In my opinion medically unwarranted assaults on children’s bodily integrity and sexuality is genital mutilation. Nothing less. Boys deserve the same protection under the law as girls do. Here at Just a Snip we advocate children’s rights – human rights. The right to an intact body regardless of gender, cultural background or parents religion.

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