I've been too unsettled about the New York Times' recent article on female infant genital cutting ceremonies in Indonesia to write about it.
Though there's the obligatory quotes from human rights and womens' health advocates, for the most part, the article treats the ceremonial removal of significant parts of an infant's genitalia in a touching, heartfelt way--as if it were, say, a bris.
Of course, at a bris, there's no female authority figure claiming it'll benefit the boy because, "One, it will stabilize his libido, Two, it will make a man look more beautiful in the eyes of his wife. And three, it will balance his psychology.”
Something to think about.
A Cutting Tradition [nyt]