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Circumcision in boys and girls: why the double standard?

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 16 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d978

Re:Male cricumcision: should we or should we not?

"The fear and shame that non-circumcised adolescent boys go through in countries were circumcision is common practice are psychological aspects worth remembering. Often tradition and the satisfaction to look like everyone else overtake the psychological stress accompanying a minor surgical procedure that raises so much debate..."

Ah, but is this "fear and shame" considered in regards to non- circumcised adolecent girls in countries where female circumcision is common practice?

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14 March 2011
Joseph Lewis
University of the Pacific