Medical statements politicized: The case of procedures involving the clitoris

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Medical statements politicized: The case of procedures involving the clitoris
Author(s) Johnsdotter, Sara
Date 2006
Swedish abstract
We tend to view medical statements as empirically objective, while in reality they are politically determined: - Statements about sexual sensitivity after clitoris cutting vary in history with time-bound theories about female sexuality and also political agendas. - Prevalent inconsistencies become clear comparing medical statements about maintained or lost ability to enjoy sex after current surgeries involving the clitoris: compare for instance operations in intersexed persons and ‘designer vaginas’ in western medical settings vs. female circumcision in Africa. We need to be aware of how these authoritative statements are politically positioned and tinted by implicit ideas about morality and ethnicity.
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) FGC
FGM
politics
sexuality
genitals
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note The annual meeting of the American Antropological Association, San José CA, Nov 15-19, 2006. Invited session: Female and Male Genital Surgeries: Critical Intersections/Astonishing Issues.
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9259 (link to this page)

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