Intersex Surgery, Female Genital Cutting, and the Selective Condemnation of 'Cultural Practices'

40 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 71 (2005)

70 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2017

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Nancy Ehrenreich

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Mark Barr

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Date Written: March 2, 2005

Abstract

Western feminism has represented African genital cutting as primitive, irrational, harmful, and deserving of condemnation. The Western medical community has represented its genital cutting as modern, scientific, healing, and above reproach. When will Western feminists realize that their failure to examine either of these claims "others" African women and allows the violent medical oppression of intersex people to continue unimpeded?

Suggested Citation

Ehrenreich, Nancy and Barr, Mark, Intersex Surgery, Female Genital Cutting, and the Selective Condemnation of 'Cultural Practices' (March 2, 2005). 40 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 71 (2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2926589

Nancy Ehrenreich (Contact Author)

University of Denver Sturm College of Law ( email )

2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
United States

Mark Barr

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
United States

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