17 October 2011

The Global Political Economy of Labia

I noticed a pair of news items over the weekend. The first, from The New York Times, proclaims the anticipated demise of genital cutting as a 'coming of age' ritual imposed on young girls in Senegal among other African countries. The second, from The Guardian, recounts the emerging practice of women opting for 'designer vaginal surgery' in the United States. So, which is more objectionable - the adults of a community performing a ritual of passage or a gaggle of 'cosmetic' surgeons peddling useless but profitable surgical procedures?

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