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It is easy for Westerners to be critical and rant about the cruelty of female genital cutting However people of other cultures perceive this practice as being disrespectful and if not racist Westerners who are ethnocentric are precarious about female circumcision-which is still widely performed in many Eastern cultures- because of their lack of knowledge They label female genital cutting to be only practiced in third world countries assuming that this tradition only happens because of ignorance poverty and lack of education instead of respecting a cultural tradition that is vast spread over the Eastern world The controversy stems from the crucial question is female genital cutting considered morally incorrect in Western society because the practice itself is allegedly dangerous or because we are not familiar with it In reality the proclaimed differences between female genital cutting and male circumcision are nothing but a myth Male circumcision is now a societal norm in North America It is estimated that most of the male population are circumcised However neither human rights nor the media seem to pay equal attention to this North American societal standard as much as the unfamiliar practice Even though many Westerners might not agree both practices are a by-product of past and current cultural practices They share many similarities as they are both socially constructed created by humans to fulfill a variety of purposes McGarry 2013 A part of the human body is removed in both situations and it is solely the child that is affected The only difference is that only female genital cutting is received with greater awareness as being immoral and against human rights in North America and the Western World In comparison male circumcision is a mutilation just as female cutting Nevertheless male circumcision leads to both negative health and sociological impacts It is argued in many non-western cultures that male circumcision removes unnecessary skin shortening the length of the penis along with many other negative health effects
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