The Western variety of FGC; “When the circumcised part passes the circumcised part, ghusl is obligatory!” Maybe labiaplasty should be the correct form of female circumcision in Islam.
Never on the NHS, and never ever on the young
The motion; Labiaplasty is a form of genital mutilation and should be banned was carried, just, by an audience of trainee gynaecologists in Nottingham last week (click here). Phew! There is an epidemic of this sort of surgery (figure) and it’s time it ended.
For every NHS operation, there are dozens of private ones. A recent study (click here) confirmed what any experienced gynaecologist knows; a mix of sexual and psychological insecurity, typically provoked by mother or boyfriend saying “that’s not right” underlie most requests. Folk memories that other ethnic groups have large labia, that enlargement is a sign of excessive masturbation, or desires for a pre-pubertal state remain unspoken, leaving claims of physical discomfort to justify surgery. Demand bears little relation to anatomical variation (see for example the Great Wall of Vagina here). Poorly documented claims by…
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