This is just horrific. The Royal Australian New Zealand College of Obstetricians is about to discuss backing the mutilation of women according to 2000 year old goat herder’s barbaric magical rituals.
Their “justification” for this (and I use the term lightly, there is no justification for such horrific non-consensual barbarism) is that it will minimise back-yard amateur illegal procedures which leaves girls scarred for life.
Not that this will be any better. It’s a horrific thing to do to young girls. It often leaves women without the ability to feel sexual pleasure and is just another way to demean and put them down further. Along with the burka and other such bullshit this is just segregation and discrimination. It’s bigoted sexism that should have been wiped out in the west decades ago, rather than being supported.
Rather than going backwards as a society to appease these people, we need to bring them up to current societal moralistic levels.
“Reasons given by practising populations include religion, despite the Koran not requiring it, and that it can help maintain cleanliness and health.”
… just like there’s dozens of 1600 year old scriptures containing depictions of Mohammed, and drawing him seemed to be fine and not raise any ire until some people decided to work up the muslim community with the “Danish” cartoons. Just like the lines quoted from the bible against homosexuality and abortion usually have very little to do with either, or when put in context of the surrounding sentence (let alone lines, paragraphs and story) say the exact opposite.
I am very VERY angry that this is even being considered, most of what you see here has been re-written about 3 times as I try to refrain from having every second word being a curse.