Transgender Surgery or Female Genital Mutilation – Are They Different?

In 2012, The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution urging countries to ban the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), calling it an “irreparable and irreversible abuse.” The resolution was considered a major step forward in protecting women and girls.  FGM has been recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. Sweden was the first Western country to outlaw FGM, followed in 1985 by the UK. In the United States it became illegal in 1997, and in the same year the WHO issued a joint statement with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) against the practice. Moreover, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation called for abolishing the practice. 

Fast forward and it would appear that the new wave of transgenderism among youth is reminiscent of FGM practices. But while the leftwing establishment rightly condemns female genital mutilation, it praises transgenderism as “gender-affirming” and an act of courage.

Some key facts about female genital mutilation include:

  • The partial or total removal of external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
  • The practice has no health benefits for girls and women.
  • FGM is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15.
  • FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
  • There is evidence suggesting greater involvement of health care providers in the practice. This is known as medicalization.

Yet, creating a transgender individual includes the following:

Female-to-male surgery is a type of sex reassignment surgery, which is also called gender affirmation surgery or gender-affirming surgery. This can take different forms, including the removal of breasts — a mastectomy — and the altering of the genital region, known as ‘bottom’ surgery” (i.e., removal of the uterus; removal of the vagina; and the construction of a penis using grafted skin).  In addition, before having female-to-male gender-affirming surgery, a person will receive testosterone replacement therapy.

Unlike FGM, these are medical choices that a patient allegedly decides upon. 

Yet, as is common with leftwing/Marxist ideology, words are massaged resulting in great vagueness.

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