March 4, 2012 § 3 Comments
Before reading this essay I definitely only thought that the modification of genitalia only happened in places other than America. The only time I had heard about modifying genitalia was when African tribes would do it to their girls who started puberty. In fact while I was in high school I was curious about the subject and began to Google for more information. In all the articles that Google had, I never once saw something that happened in the United States.
I always had issues with the modification process and did not particular agree with it, however in the case of the tribes and their practice of it for their belief I had to forget about my bias and respect that. In the case of gender reconstructive surgery being performed on babies and young children because of aesthetic purposes or peace of mind, I totally disagree.
Another thing that was talked about in class that I never really paid much attention to was the fact that male circumcision is apart of the same category of modification. I always figured that it was just something that was done and did not assume that it was also for aesthetic purposes.