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Judging the Other: Responding to Traditional Female Genital Surgeries

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

ABSTRACT

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.

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