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Norway banning circumcision would be an attack on religious freedom

Banning circumcision: an attack on religious freedom

Published 11 May 2017

The Progress Party, Norway’s third-largest political party, recently backed a bill

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Moral relativism vs judgement

Moral relativism, moral judgements and FGM

Published 20 April 2017

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

Published 13 March 2017

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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Clitoral pricking/FGM

The FGM panic is a danger to women

Published 7 February 2017

Crusaders are turning African migrants into objects of suspicion.

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FGM can be meaningful

Anthropologist explores decline of FGM in Ghana

Published 9 December 2016

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

Published 22 November 2016

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

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Gross-out feminism

Gross-out feminism is just plain gross

Published 7 October 2016

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

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Should women be free to choose genital cutting?

Should African women be free to choose genital cutting?

Published 31 August 2016

The recent death of Fatmata Turay, a 19 year old Sierra Leonean woman was initially attributed to the circumcision she underwent during her initiation into Bondo society.

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Reframing the Debate on FGM

FGM: Between Moral Relativism and Moral Hypocrisy

Published 3 August 2016

Between Moral Relativism and Moral Hypocrisy: Reframing the Debate on FGM by Brian Earp is a lengthy but welcome and important intervention in the discussion around FGM. It offers an in-depth critique of the World Health Organization and the United Nations’ joint policy on FGM. 

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Don't shout at the telly. Feminism

Feminism is divisive and needs to be confined to history

Published 13 November 2015

In this discussion, WORLDbytes* volunteers hear the case put by spiked education editor Joanna Williams.

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