Genital Autonomy:: Protecting Personal Choice

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George C. Denniston, Frederick M. Hodges, Marilyn Fayre Milos
Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 25, 2010 - Medical - 252 pages
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Circumcision affects 15.3 million children and young adults annually. In terms of gender, 13.3 million boys and 2 million girls are subjected to the involuntary removal of part or all of their external sexual organs every year. The problem of female circumcision has been addressed on an international level, but male circumcision remains a controversial subject that many academics have been reluctant to examine. Circumcision is tolerated today because it has been practiced for millennia by a small but vocal minority of religious and ethnic groups, however, when the practice is examined through the lens of modern legal, ethical, and human rights advancements, no place remains in civilized society for this body-altering ritual. In Genital Autonomy: Protecting Personal Choice, international experts address various types of genital modifications, the impact of these harmful traditional practices on the child, on human rights, and on the development of the concept of bodily integrity. The papers presented in this volume address these topics from a variety of angles. They question and dissects the true motivations of the doctors, witch doctors, and “holy men” who promote and profit from circumcision.
 

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Contents

1 ThreeFourths Were AbnormalMishas Case Sick Societies and the Law
1
Questioning the Limitsof Religious Actions
15
NonMedical Circumcision of Boys in the Tasmanian and Australian Context
39
Clinical Efficacy Population Effectiveness Political Issues
49
Reason for Hope or Panic
61
6 Circumcision Psychopathology
67
7 Physical Effects of Circumcision
75
A Urologists Viewpoint
81
13 Stretching of the Labia Minora and Other Expansive Interventions of Female Genitals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC
111
Mana Sultan Abdurahman Isseat Merka Somalia
125
Autobiography Testimonials and Their Relevance to the Debate Around Genital Alterations
137
Implications for Doctors of Mens Experiences in Regressive Therapy
149
17 Circumcision Memory
167
18 Foreskin Restoration 19802008
189
The Foreskin and the American Dream
199
The Way Forward
211

Scientific Activities 20062009
85
10 A Project About Male Circumcision in the Veneto
95
11 The First Survey on Genital Stretching in Italy
97
12 Knowledge and Opinions of North Italian Health Operators About Female Genital Mutilation
103
21 Circumcision
217
Appendix
241
Index
247
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