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Female genital mutilation: whose problem, whose solution?

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 13 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:106

Rational argument.

I could not believe my eyes when I read your editorial about female
genital mutilation (FGM). I have never read such puerile illogical
argument - except possibly on the letters page. Just because something is
socially acceptable in a society doesn't mean we cannot say it is wrong.
As the article later on makes clear, women don't know exactly what has
been done to them. How could they? They don't know what normal is. And
to illustrate this with a picture of a girl who will never know normal sex
is disturbing. If Ronan Conroy cannot see the difference between FGM and
plastic surgery with all its psychological connotations in this country
then I question how he was educated to argue rationally.

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18 July 2006
Geraldine M Martin
retired GP
Penarth CF64 3UU