Sunday, June 13, 2010

Arrgggghhhhh: Principle of Consent Edition

Quoth PZ:

Labiaplasty is simply another form of female genital mutilation, so I find that repellent. That women feel compelled to get their genitals sculpted to fit some inappropriate ideal is criminal (the rest of the article at that link talks about how society discards porn stars)

Ummm... no. Labiaplasty is female genital surgery. It's done by a doctor... in an operating room... with the consent of the patient. It is most emphatically not the same thing as FGM. To conflate the two a) trivializes the suffering of women who have undergone the latter and b) denies the autonomy of women who choose to have the former.

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