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Sexual Mutilations : A Human Tragedy - George C. Denniston

Sexual Mutilations

A Human Tragedy

By: George C. Denniston (Editor), Marilyn Fayre Milos (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th April 1997
ISBN: 9780306455896
Number Of Pages: 237

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Sexual mutilation is a global problem that affects 15. 3 million children and young adults annually. In terms of gender, 13. 3 million boys and 2 million girls are involuntarily subjected to sexual mutilation every year. While it is tempting to quantify and compare the amount of tissue removed from either gender, no ethical justification can be made for removing any amount of flesh from the body of another person. The violation of human rights implicit in sexual mutilation is identical for any gender. The violation occurs with the first cut into another person 's body. Although mutilation is a strong term, it precisely and accurately describes a condi- tion denoting "any disfigurement or injury by removal or destruction of any conspicuous or essential part of the body. " While such terms as "circumcision" and "genital cutting" are less threatening to our sensitivities, they ultimately do a disservice by masking the fact of what is actually being done to babies and children. Although the courageous example of the survivors of sexual mutilation indicates that humans can certainly live and even re- produce without all of their external sexualorgans, this biological phenomenon does not, however, justify subjecting a person to sexual mutilation. The remarkable resilience of the human body is a testament to the importance nature places on reproduction rather than a vindication for surgical practices that compromise this function.

History
The Geography of Male and Female Genital Mutilation
A Short History of the Institutionalization of Involuntary Sexual Mutilation in the United States
Functional and Erotic Consequences of Sexual Mutilations
The Human Prepuce
Survey
Circumcision: an Iatrogenic Epidemic
Why Does Neonatal Circumcision Persist in the United States?
Psychology
Learned Helplessness: A Concept for the Future
Long-Term Consequences of Neonatal Circumcision: A Preliminary Poll of Circumcised Males
Female Genital Mutilation
Similarities in Attitudes and Misconceptions About Male and Female Sexual Mutilations
female Genital Mutilation
Activism
Redefining the Sacred
Challenging Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective
Law
Mutilation?
Appendix
Declaration of the First International Symposium on Sexual Mutilation
Additional Articles
Index
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ISBN: 9780306455896
ISBN-10: 0306455897
Series: Defense Research Series; 6
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 237
Published: 30th April 1997
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.67