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UK a Hotbed of Female Genital Mutilation

Model Waris Dirie says abusive procedure allowed because of racism

(Newser) - Female genital mutilation is illegal in Great Britain, but as many as 100,000 women have undergone the procedure there, according to an investigation by the Sunday Times . What's more, the inquiry unveiled doctors, alternative medicine practitioners, and even dentists willing to perform the procedure on children as young... More »

Girls in Cameroon Have Breasts 'Ironed'

Moms believe burns will keep men away

(Newser) - Breast ironing. Yes, it's as painful as it sounds. But, according to a new Current documentary , as many one in four girls in Cameroon have had their breast buds burned with hot stones. Ironically, the painful wounds are meant to protect them; mothers believe the scars will keep men at... More »

US Pediatric Academy Mulls Allowing Ritual Female 'Nick'

Clitoral 'pricking' like 'ear piercing,' say docs

(Newser) - The American Academy of Pediatrics is considering allowing doctors to perform female genital "nicks" in order to be "culturally sensitive" and satisfy parents seeking female circumcision. The move has infuriated activists battling the practice. A recent academy statement said doctors should try to dissuade parents from seeking the... More »

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