Surgical Strikeout

If FGM Is Barbaric, Isn't Sex-Change Surgery Abusive?

On no cause on the face of the planet are nations so united in moral conviction as on the wickedness of female genital mutilation (FGM), wherein young girls on the cusp of puberty submit to the partial or total removal of their external genitalia. Though very common in the Middle East and Africa, FGM is universally denounced as barbaric and anti-woman.

The fact that many of the young women undergo the primitive and painful operation voluntarily, or even insist upon it, is dismissed as irrelevant. Mutilating a girl's body is wrong, period. Even if it's hygienic. Even if it's painless. Even if she wants it. It's always wrong.

Except if the girl wants to become a boy. Then...

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #39, Winter 2016 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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