Hastings Center Report. Article first published online: 23 MAR 2012. DOI: 10.2307/3527930. May-June 1996 26(3)31–40,
Judging the Other: Responding to Traditional Female Genital Surgeries
Sandra D. Lane and Robert A. Rubinstein
Western feminists, physicians, and ethicists condemn the traditional genital surgeries performed on women in some non-Western cultures. But coming to moral judgment is not the end of the story; we must also decide what to do about our judgments. We must learn to work respectfully with, not independently of, local resources for cultural self-examination and change.