Female genital mutilation/cutting in the UK: challenging the inconsistencies

Dustin, Moira (2010) Female genital mutilation/cutting in the UK: challenging the inconsistencies. European Journal of Women's Studies, 17 (1). pp. 7-23. ISSN 1350-5068

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Debates about female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) have polarized opinion between those who see it as an abuse of women’s health and human rights, to be ‘eradicated’, and those who may or may not oppose the practice, but see a double standard on the part of western campaigners who fail to challenge other unnecessary surgical interventions — such as male circumcision or cosmetic surgery — in their own communities and cultures. This article interrogates these debates about FGM/C in the context of measures to reduce it in the UK over recent decades. It does not suggest that FGM/C is a legitimate practice, seeing it, rather, as an abuse of women’s and children’s rights that should be combated using a combination of measures. However, it argues that reduction strategies are undermined by inconsistencies in the law and the failure to back up the law with research and education.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: circumcision, cosmetic surgery, culture, female genital mutilation/cutting, human rights, women
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Depositing User: Moira Dustin
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 10:25
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 10:25
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/64709
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