Female circumcision – ‘female genital mutilation’, or ‘FGM’, as feminists invariably term it – is illegal in the UK, and across most of the developed world, which the vast majority of people, including everyone at J4MB, agree is ‘a good thing’. So why isn’t male genital mutilation (‘MGM’) also illegal? Wouldn’t that also be ‘a good thing’? A short but illuminating article on the subject:
In the Jewish community, at least, voices of reason are starting to oppose MGM:
An academic paper, published in 2007, on the impact of MGM:
The paper’s Conclusions:
The glans of the circumcised penis is less sensitive to fine touch than the glans of the uncircumcised penis. The transitional region from the external to the internal prepuce is the most sensitive region of the uncircumcised penis and more sensitive than the most sensitive region of the circumcised penis. Circumcision ablates the most sensitive parts of the penis.
This poses an obvious question – should we add MGM to our public consultation document? Email me at email@example.com with your thoughts. Thank you.