Wired: In Speculative Fiction Story ‘Cut,’ Genital Mutilation Becomes a Fad
The author of a short story is interviewed for a podcast. The story presents a future scenario where girls can get circumcised if they want. The author asks,
At what point is a person old enough to say, “I own my body and I get to do what I want with it”?
The flip side of that is, at what point does a parent’s decision of what to do with their child’s body become valid? You know, male circumcision is still very commonly practiced in the U.S., and yet we throw up our hands in horror when we talk about female circumcision, or genital mutilation, yet I’m sure that the parents who commonly practice this on their children are doing it with the same attitude that we see in male circumcision, or in having a child’s teeth straightened or whatever.
There’s this whole hazy area of, who owns the body and at what point does that ownership of a body kick in? It’s not an area in which I have any answers. I just have a tremendous number of questions. And when I have a question about something, one of the things that I do is I sit down and I toss the question up in the air with some other factors, and usually what comes out is a short story.
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