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Despite what you think I stated (seriously, accusing me of dismissing FGM?), we agree that FGM is an atrocious and indefensible practice. I maintain my position that justifications like religion, the parents' approval, trivial levels of protection from STDs(which have been covered to death in this thread already), and that some level of sensation is still intact are problematic and downplay the issue. For both males and females, in fact - imagine if I had claimed that parental approval was useful in determining the legitimacy of FGM. I think geographical and cultural deltas, plus the communication problems inherent in forum posting, is more at fault than any noteworthy difference in views - in the US, FGM is that awful practice that people in distant hemispheres (plus a few immigrant communities) practice, while male circumcision is done in pretty much every hospital in America, often for aesthetic reasons.