According to the United Nations World Health Organization, over 140 million females across the globe have experienced what’s known as “gender mutilation.”
The U.N. says this grotesque act is primarily practiced in Africa for religious or cultural reasons. It is usually ordered by the family itself—including in many cases by the mother. The U.N. says the practice results in diminishing the dignity and worth of women in that particular culture. The WHO estimates the practice begins with girls as young as 4-years old.
Do you agree with the U.N. that this is “genital mutilation?” Would you consider this an act of child abuse? Do you agree that it’s wrong for a family to alter their daughter’s most intimate aspects of her feminity?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, allow me to introduce you to a Maryland couple profiled recently by The Washington Post.
This family made national news last year when they announced they would allow their 5-year old daughter, Kathryn, to begin living as a boy after her “urgent and persistent insistence that she was a boy.” Apparently “a psychiatrist told them it would be healthy” to not parent their child, but allow the child to parent them instead.
If you’ve been a parent for more than five minutes, you understand that allowing the whims and desires of your children to determine your family’s moral standard is no standard at all. When I was 6 years old I was convinced – absolutely convinced – that I was the last son of Krypton and my two imaginary friends, Taco and Big Jim, were very real. I also thought paste and boogers tasted great. Last year my 6-year old son was convinced he was Bat Boy or Robin Kid, depending on the day.
As if this story isn’t already tragic enough, now Kathryn’s family is concerned about early signs of puberty in their daughter they’re allowing to live as a boy. So according to The Washington Post they will soon have to decide whether to start giving Kathryn “puberty blockers to stop breasts and curves from blossoming.”
According to Dictionary.com, one of the definitions for mutilation is to “deprive a person or animal of a limb or other essential (body) part.”
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