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Letters Cosmetic genitoplasty

It's female genital mutilation and should be prosecuted

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 28 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1335

Rapid Response:

Men are changing their genitals too

I don't know where Ms. Berer has been living, but there are plenty of
people offering to lengthen, shorten and otherwise 'enhance' penises. In
fact any man with an e-mail address is regularly inundated with
advertisements offering these services. While I too am uncomfortable with
people's need to alter their appearance (not just their genitals), I am
also uncomfortable with the strident tone of Ms. Berer's editorial and the
certainty she exhibits in knowing just how other people should behave and
live their lives.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

30 June 2007
William E. Osmun
family physician
Mount Brydges, ON, CANADA