Shifting Sands

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Moral relativism vs judgement

Moral relativism, moral judgements and FGM

April 20, 2017 Comments Off on Moral relativism, moral judgements and FGM

Few contemporary social theorists have shown as acute and political a grasp of social reality as Steven Lukes,

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FGM parties UK

UK FGM parties hoax reached Sweden

March 13, 2017 Comments Off on UK FGM parties hoax reached Sweden

Sara Johnsdotter and Birgitta Essén

In December 2016, several news media (for example, BBC News and The Independent) reported that midwives were being flown into the country to attend “FGM parties” on British soil.

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FGM UK. Prevalence

How prevalent is FGM in the UK really?

February 15, 2017 Comments Off on How prevalent is FGM in the UK really?

Matthew Smith

Monday Feb 6th was apparently FGM Awareness Day,

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Clitoral pricking/FGM

The FGM panic is a danger to women

February 7, 2017 Comments Off on The FGM panic is a danger to women

Crusaders are turning African migrants into objects of suspicion.

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FGM can be meaningful

Anthropologist explores decline of FGM in Ghana

December 9, 2016 Comments Off on Anthropologist explores decline of FGM in Ghana

In the global campaign against FGM, many activists aggressively condemn cutting while depicting it as an intractable problem. 

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Anti-circumcision zealotry

The bigotry of the anti-circumcision zealots

November 22, 2016 Comments Off on The bigotry of the anti-circumcision zealots

ESSAY: Today’s campaigning against circumcision is so dogmatic and intolerant it makes the old religions look enlightened in comparison.

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FGM experimental stats

The mists begin to clear on FGM statistics

October 10, 2016 Comments Off on The mists begin to clear on FGM statistics

Readers may recall that I have long been interested in trying to unpick the data on female genital mutilation in the UK.

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Gross-out feminism

Gross-out feminism is just plain gross

October 7, 2016 Comments Off on Gross-out feminism is just plain gross

The new feminism’s focus on the body is a step backwards.

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Bondo/Sande initiation in Sierra Leone

Women’s Empowerment in Sierra Leone’s Sande/Bondo Society

August 10, 2016 Comments Off on Women’s Empowerment in Sierra Leone’s Sande/Bondo Society

It is rare to come across an article that describes why and how girls are initiated in societies that practice female circumcision, where the latter is part of the important rite of passage that initiates undergo in order to have membership of the institution conferred.

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Cultural change after migration

Cultural change after migration: Circumcision of girls in Western migrant communities

February 24, 2016 Comments Off on Cultural change after migration: Circumcision of girls in Western migrant communities

This paper reviews the current knowledge on cultural change after migration in the practice of female circumcision, also named genital cutting or mutilation.

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