Nip and Tuck

Ze F Word

When I was a child, part of our Saturday evening entertainment was the quiz show Family Fortunes. Anyone else remember Les Dennis with his bright hair and smile, turning to the camera with the line, “we asked a hundred people to name…”?

I don’t remember there ever being a word association around cutting. But if Les Dennis had asked 100 people, I bet Mr Babbage would have given the top answers as: cutting hair, grass, fingernails, flowers.

And probably not: female genitalia.

I’m sorry. From 80s tea-time telly to a woman’s nether regions: I appreciate that was a steep subject shift.

If you’re still with me, shall we get stuck in?

Cutting is also known as female genital mutilation, or FGM.

(Thank goodness for acronyms: helpful for my word count).

Now, FGM is not the equivalent of male circumcision.  Circumcision is done for cultural and religious reasons, but also has proven health benefits in some cases…

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