The Catholic Church forbids circumcision for any reason!
(02-28-2014, 03:49 AM)Chestertonian Wrote: Female genital mutilation never originated in the mind of God.  It has never been part of Judeo-Christian culture. 

On the contrary, clitoridectomy was routinely performed by Western physicians through the 19th and into the early 20th centuries on female children in order to curb masturbation. One notable British gynecologist, Isaac Baker Brown, believed that irritation of the clitoris was a cause of mania and epilepsy and advocated its removal in all cases. At the same time, though, there were other physicians who would manually stimulate women in order to treat "hysteria" and other conditions.

It has persisted into our own times as a means of "correcting" children who were born with unusual genitalia. For example, a clitoris beyond a certain size has often been "sculpted" to look more conventional. This has resulted in sexual dysfunction for many, because of loss of highly-innervated tissue.

Some years ago, a Kansas woman from a white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant background wrote about her discovery that, as a child in the 1950s, her parents had her clitoris surgically removed:

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Re: The Catholic Church forbids circumcision for any reason! - by Cyriacus - 02-28-2014, 05:31 AM

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