Abstract

Since its inception, the global female genital cutting (FGC) movement has been led by Westerners and framed along the lines of eradication. Unfortunately, the success of harm reduction strategies such as medicalization has been met with stiff opposition in favor of a rights-based framework of FGC eradication. In this paper, I join with others who have advocated for medicalization as beneficence. I question the Western paternalistic FGC eradication strategy and support the autonomy and empowerment of non-Western women in FGC-practicing communities.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1937-4577
Print ISSN
1937-4585
Pages
pp. 105-123
Launched on MUSE
2017-10-25
Open Access
No
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