A question posted onto the Islam Question and Answer site asked what the medical benefits of female circumcision were. There has been the usual lengthy debate on Pharyngula that, unfortunately seems to have rather taken things out of context. I can see some validity in taking a black and white stance on this issue, and am strongly against any form of circumcision (without medical reasons or unless the individual is an adult and consents), on a male or female. But there is also no need to misrepresent the argument. It is already wrong, misrepresentation to hammer that point home, while entertaining, is unnecessary and unethical. The points that have individuals riled up are as follows;
"The secretions of the labia minora accumulate in uncircumcised women and turn rancid, so they develop an unpleasant odour which may lead to infections of the vagina or urethra. I have seen many cases of sickness caused by the lack of circumcision.
Circumcision reduces excessive sensitivity of the clitoris which may cause it to increase in size to 3 centimeters when aroused, which is very annoying to the husband, especially at the time of intercourse.
Another benefit of circumcision is that it prevents stimulation of the clitoris which makes it grow large in such a manner that it causes pain.
Circumcision prevents spasms of the clitoris which are a kind of inflammation.
Circumcision reduces excessive sexual desire. "
Obviously this type of reasoning is ridiculous. Washing and proper hygiene corrects the first point, the second two are focusing on reducing a woman's ability to have pleasure in deference to what the husband prefers, the fourth... really? Orgasms are inflammation now? Um, for those who have any doubt, no, clitoral spasms are not due to inflammation. The last point is probably the real reason behind FGM and is supported elsewhere on their site. It limits female sexual desire and this seems to be linked to moral female behaviour (because us women are incapable of having any control over our desires *rolls eyes*).
However, unlike what is claimed on Pharyngula, the removal of the clitoris is not advocated, and this is repeated numerous times in that answer and elsewhere on the same site. I am a scientist. I prefer accuracy over latching onto attention grabbing statements to demonise individuals who, after all, are quite capable of doing it all by themselves. .
There are no medical reasons for female circumcision and to suggest there are is, quite frankly, immoral.
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!