A New York City doctor talks about FGM in an excellent article about it.

The Myth/Fact list at the end of the piece is especially useful, as Alan Dershowitz and his fellow right-to-cut-seven-year-old-girls enthusiasts prepare a criminal defense based on every single one of the myths.

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4 Responses to ““I’ve done about 50 asylum exams for women … and every single one of them knows a friend, a sister, a cousin who died as a result of the practice.””

  1. David Foster Says:

    From the linked article:

    Myth: FGM is a religious practice.
    Fact: FGM is a cultural tradition that is not found in any religious texts.

    What difference would it make if it *was* found in a religious text (or a religious oral tradition)…If the religion of Baal-Moloch was still around, and child sacrifice was explicitly required by a primary text, would that make it allowable in America?

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    David: Yes. The article’s author highlights the religious bit only because of our inexplicable continued automatic deference in regard to anything that calls itself religious.

    It’s precisely this idiotic reflexive respect for any behavior, person, or idea that comes packaged as religious that Dershowitz and his let ’em cut the kids! crew will be exploiting.

  3. john Says:

    I assume Dershowitz is fighting this to protect circumcision…

  4. Margaret Soltan Says:

    John: Hitch says what needs to be said about that.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZTS6iVpSPI

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