Evolutionary Cultural Ethics and the Circumcision of Children
As I was pondering how I could contribute meaningfully to the rich programme that is being presented in this symposium, I realised that I have two audiences. The first audience comprises the participants in this symposium and those activists who belong to human rights’ organisations and established constituencies. Like myself, this group agrees that circumcision—that is, the genital mutilation of girls and boys—is wrong despite its widespread practice. We feel obliged to do something to stop it. Some of us may disagree on a wide variety of issues, ranging from terminology to strategies. I hope that my contribution will lead to a better understanding of our commonalities as well as our differences. I also hope to initiate a process that will help us overcome these differences and make compromises that will make us, individually and collectively, more effective in achieving the goal of stopping these practices.
KeywordsMale Circumcision Female Genital Mutilation Penile Cancer Bodily Integrity Female Circumcision
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 1.For a discussion on some of my personal views and my organisation’s position on the terminology please refer to the Statement of Values available from RAINB♀ and from our website at http://WWW.RAINBO.org
- 3.Wynder EL, Cornfield J, Schrott PD, Doraiswami KR. A study of environmental factors in carcinoma of the cervix. Am J Obstet Gynecof 1954;68:1016–52.Google Scholar
- 9.Barker-Benfield GJ. The Horrors of the Half-Known Life: Male Attitudes toward Women and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century America. New York: Harper and Row. 1976.Google Scholar