Circumcision (male) Female genital mutilation Torture
James W. Prescott, PhD http://www.ttfuture.org/blog/1181/all-genital-mutilations-are-torture
It is not my personal feelings.
Empirically, scientifically, all genital mutilations are torture and are affirmed as such by the "equal protection clause" of the 14th Amendment. This important 'equal protection clause' is not being equally applied. Genital mutilation is a crime when applied to females but not to males, and this discrepancy is not being recognized by the Genital Integrity Movement.
It is not so clear that this failure to recognize the relevance of the 14th Amendment to genital mutilation can be found in the sensory deprivation model for violence and the theistic religious foundations that support genital mutilation that was opposed by the early Christians.
My cause is placed in the The General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10, 1948 that adopted and proclaimed the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS;
specifically; Article 5 of said Declaration affirms that: "NO ONE SHALL BE SUBJECTED TO TORTURE OR TO CRUEL, INHUMAN OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT;
and the U.N. CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD (November 20 1989)
* ARTICLE 37. TORTURE, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT AND DEPRIVATION OF LIBERTY, which states that States Parties shall ensure that:
a) No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
This fundamental foundation has been abandoned by the Genital Integrity Movement, which is evidenced by its complete absence in their various testimonials opposing circumcision; and in Georganne Chapin's rejection of this history in her testimony and in her communication to WHO Director General Dr. Chan.