Female circumcision Universal prohibition or uncritical acceptance: somewhere in between?

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Giorgia Decarli http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3417-9830


The essay provides insights to further emphasize the importance of an alternative conceptualization of female circumcision that could overcome the still unsolved conundrum of a legislative ban that potentially perpetuates gender inequality. While law condemns the practice as a form of violence against women, the number of circumcisions does not drastically decline. In addition, we witness several women and girls wanting to undergo female circumcision: a phenomenon that some activists (and some scholars) attempt to portray in the wider frame of the right to self-determination and cultural identity. Hence, questions arise as to what alternatives can be recommended other than universal prohibition or uncritical acceptance.

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DECARLI, Giorgia. Female circumcision. Antropologia Pubblica, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 1, p. 133 - 154, july 2020. ISSN 2531-8799. Available at: <https://riviste-clueb.online/index.php/anpub/article/view/174>. Date accessed: 09 aug. 2020. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1473/anpub.v6i1.174.