#FemTrending: Feminism, Circumcision, Gender Mutilation & Other Tales

I used to go to dinner at my ex-boyfriend’s house every few weeks. Dinner usually included some lively conversation about politics. During one of these conversations, his mother mentioned how atrocious female genital mutilation is. I quickly retorted with “why don’t you have the same problem with circumcision?”

As feminists, it has become a moral obligation to obstruct instances of involuntary mutilation. Women around the world have rallied against vaginal mutilation and (not that I am a meninist) ignore the very serious problems associated with circumcision. 

The video "5 Reasons Not to Circumcise Your Child" (above) explains that there are several large issues surrounding circumcision and even more myths. The most unfortunate issue being individuals are permanently altered without ever receiving consent. This lack of consent results in an irreversible decision for a majority of men in the United States. 

However, it becomes even more problematic when considering the health risks. According to wholenetwork.org at least 117 boys die from circumcision every year. This becomes even more nonsensical when you consider the article "More Circumcision Myths You May Believe" which explains that there is no evidence to stay that circumcision has health benefits (STD prevention or otherwise). This indicates that we are unnecessarily altering the bodies of individuals, potentially putting their lives in danger, and seeing no benefits whatsoever.

While it may be regular practice to give circumcision to newborn babies, it is time to reconsider. Our culture has normalized genital mutilation that provides no benefits to children and, simultaneously, puts their lives in danger.

Hailie Johnson-Waskow