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Female Genital Cutting: A Harmless Practice?

Mackie, Gerry


A recent article in Medical Anthropology Quarterly (Obermeyer 1999) argues that the "facts" about the "harmful effects" of female genital cutting (FGC) are "not sufficiently supported by the evidence" (p. 79). The article suggests three further hypotheses, among others: (1) FGC may be of minimal harm because the more educated continue the practice just as much as the less educated; (2) FGC may be of minimal harm because it is so widespread and persistent; (3) FGC may be of minimal harm because...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Medical Anthropology Quarterly


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