The Sunday Times reported today (link via Sunday Telegraph, Sky video and Daily Mail) that as many as 100,000 have had their genitals mutilated. Very sad and unacceptable. But there still continues to be a conspiracy of silence on the issue of male circumcision.
This case raises the issue and Peter Baker of the Men's Health Forum has called for a public debate which will be further aided by the conference on the subject being run by Glen Poole of the Men's Network. The excellent NORM-UK has been leading the way and this site commented on it nearly a year ago.
The issue though for men continues to be ignored by the media, government and other 'equality' campaigners.
Ending female genital mutilation has been a focus for the government certainly under its Ending Violence Against Women and Children strategy (the strategy that treats men as second class victims in everything). But where is the focus or even mention of men and boys who have suffered in this way. Nothing. In many parts of the world this mutilation of boys is normal (see end*)
Does the Sunday Times article or the other coverage today and no doubt tomorrow as the story will now continue througout the week mention men and boys. When with the mutilation if men and boys get a mention as part of this story.
The work undertaken by Norm-UK, The Men's Network and the Men's Health Forum will certainly now start to put it on the agenda and well played to those groups for doing so. The fact that men's groups are now coming together and argue sensibly for change and running conferences themselves shows the strength and confidence that the men and women in these groups now have as they get a grip by sensible and rational protest issue raising.
What we hope to see is an equivalent story about the number of men and boys mutilated in this way at some time soon. We then will know that equality is starting to take root.
Posted by Skimmington
* Watching Celebrity Big Brother (long story - don't ask) the American Twins said it was normal that all men in America were circumcised!