Human Exceptionalism

UK Female Genital Mutilation Epidemic

This is awful and barbaric: The Independent reports that nearly 500 cases of female genital mutilation were discovered in just 1 month!  From the story:

Almost 500 newly identified cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) were reported by hospitals across England in one month, according to the latest figures. An average of 15 cases were discovered each day in November, according to data published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

Last November 466 cases of FGM were identified; while in October, the first month such figures were compiled, 455 cases were reported. The figures for December are expected this week.

Despite the apparently high number of FGM cases, no one has yet been convicted for the practice, which has been illegal in the UK since 1985.

FGM violates the basic and human rights of these girls–and no matter how much the “intactivists” hysterically howl–it is fundamentally different in fact and intent from male infant circumcision (which can be legitimately debated on its own terms):

– FGM’s purpose is to subjugate:

– FGM aims to destroy normal female sexual response.

– FGM commonly leads to serious health consequences.

– There is no specific scriptural passage instructing girls’ genitals to be cut in any major world religion.

I hope the UK takes a sharply aggressive approach to preventing this barbaric child abuse. But given local law enforcement’s recent unwillingness to stop a child rape gang for fear of appearing “racist,” I am not hopeful. 

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