Bodies of Flesh, Bodies of Knowledge: Representations of Female Genital Cutting and Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery
Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
This paper will examine popular feminist and mainstream representations of female genital cutting (FGC) and female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS) and its influence on the creation of effective cross-cultural dialogue and engagement in a deeper understanding of cultural practices. I suggest that these current depictions of FGC and FGCS highlight cultural differences and overlook similarities that exist between the two practices. I further posit that the inability to recognize similarities that exist between FGC and FGCS does not allow for an examination of power structures in regards to who has the power to define these cultural practices as they exist in current and mainstream discourse. Furthermore, this inability does not allow for fruitful engagement in cross-cultural collaboration, activism, and social justice efforts.
Whitcomb, Maureen, "Bodies of Flesh, Bodies of Knowledge: Representations of Female Genital Cutting and Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery" (2011). Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 1.