Shame and Secrecy: Genital Mutilation in the US
Sat Oct 15, 2005 at 12:58:24 AM PDT
Think genital mutilation doesn't happen here?
It does--in each of the fifty states, and in practically every other western nation in the world on a daily basis. If there is a pediatric hospital associated with a medical school in your town or city, be assured that what I am about to tell you is done regularly in your community.
In the United States alone, it is estimated that five children a day have their genitals cut without their consent--not including circumcision. The vast majority of these surgeries are purely cosmetic and is the only non-medically necessary surgery routinely done on children before they are one or two years old.
Something to keep in mind as you read this diary and the future
installments are that are two main times when sexual differentiation
takes place. Beyond these two big bangs that take place in our lives,
the effects of our hormones are subtlety shaping us up to be who we are
on a regular basis--even as adults.
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