Dr Max Pemberton on FGM, MGM, and cosmetic vaginal surgery

Dr Max Pemberton has a column in the Saturday edition of The Daily Mail, and we applaud him as the only columnist working for a mainstream British newspaper, who publicly challenges MGM.

His article in today’s edition is here. You’ll need to scroll down for the section on FGM, MGM, and cosmetic vaginal surgery, but this is an extract:

Now, the CPS is considering prosecuting doctors who undertake cosmetic vaginal surgery.

While I do not like this type of surgery, if adult women wish to have the shape of their genitals altered (doing so for personal reasons), that is entirely their choice.

The idea of criminal prosecutions over adult cosmetic surgery is particularly absurd when baby boys can legally undergo religious circumcision — a painful operation that can have life-long consequences — without anaesthetic, carried out by someone who isn’t medically qualified.

In any other circumstances, this would be denounced as child abuse. Why is it any different because it serves a parent’s religious beliefs and it’s done on a boy?

Of course Dr Pemberton is wrong in believing ‘baby boys can legally undergo religious circumcision’, and we’ll contact him to inform him of the reality.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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