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"Wonderful Multi-Culturalism" (Kumbaya)...A Barbarious Act is Now Sanctioned by the Am. Academy of Pediatrics

Original post made by Marianne, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on May 11, 2010

The Sharia Law's barbarious act of female genital mutilation is now sanctioned by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Kumbaya.

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Posted by KW
a resident of California Somerset
on May 11, 2010 at 9:15 am

I allowed my infant sons to be circumcised because of the pressure of conformity to our American culture.
Still I find both practices upsetting.

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Posted by Dale
a resident of Downtown
on May 11, 2010 at 9:28 am


I get it. Only Christian zealots like you can be right, no room for "different" people or ideas.

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Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on May 11, 2010 at 9:36 am

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The AAP actually trying to stop the mutilation from happening. The AAP is suggesting something more symbolic rather than the mutilation that is currently done. I guess it's all or nothing with you. Perhaps you should get out there and try to personally dissuade these parents from doing it at all. Life is not as simple, especially in dealing with other cultures as you'd like to think it is. Your blame is completely misplaced, but expected.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 11, 2010 at 10:21 am

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Here's the AAP's actual policy, revised May 1, 2010: Web Link

"The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that pediatricians and pediatric surgical specialists should be aware that this practice has life-threatening health risks for children and women. The American Academy of Pediatrics opposes all types of female genital cutting that pose risks of physical or psychological harm, counsels its members not to perform such procedures, recommends that its members actively seek to dissuade families from carrying out harmful forms of FGC, and urges its members to provide patients and their parents with compassionate education about the harms of FGC while remaining sensitive to the cultural and religious reasons that motivate parents to seek this procedure for their daughters."

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Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on May 11, 2010 at 10:25 am

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Come on Stacey, you're ruining Marianne's outrage and opportunity to blame democrats for something because Breitbart said to.

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Posted by Clueless
a resident of Birdland
on May 11, 2010 at 10:27 am

When it comes to culture and religion, everyone is an expert. We all have a say as to what the "norm" and "standards" should be but most of us won't know what we're talking about given that we don't even have a "culture" to speak of...but nevertheless, we're experts in this subject matter because we have the most supreme culture in the world. The rest of the world should just follow our lead.

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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Downtown
on May 11, 2010 at 11:45 am

The bile and ignorance of Marianne for blaming this on Democrats amazes us all. Perhaps if the Tea Party was in favor of this, it would meet her personal beliefs. Get a life Marianne.

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Posted by Rae
a resident of Mohr Park
on May 11, 2010 at 11:59 am

Interesting, Marianne that you chose to castigate Democrats when the article you point to quotes a *Democratic* Congressman expressing his concern over the original AAP Policy Statement, which, BTW, in no way sanctioned any form of FGC. The revised Policy Statement makes it even clearer than the original document that the AAP *does not* sanction FGC in any form. Thanks, Stacey for the latest link.

Oh, and anyone who thinks that FGC is in any way similar to circumcision, or is just a way to express a little cultural identity, really should read the AAP document.

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Posted by Real American
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm


I think that white hood is getting a little tight around your head.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 11, 2010 at 5:04 pm

no...she doesn't have a hoody, her head got stuck where the sun don't shine..

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Posted by Gregory L.
a resident of Del Prado
on May 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I am, after 4 years of living in Pleasanton, finally impressed with my fellow man (and women). I am, for sure, glad to live here in a progressive town. Thank you all. ps - love the saturday morning market.


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Posted by lnmart
a resident of Val Vista
on May 12, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Stacey, thank you for supplying us with the correct verbiage rather than rhetoric and accusations.

Marianne, I understand your outrage at female circumcisn; I too am opposed to this practice; however, this is a cultural issue and needs to be handled by the medical community as such. To avoid the topic would encourage illegal procedures being performed rather than performed by professional medical staff. If a parent is going to insist that this procedure must be done to their daughter then they need to have the ability to have it done safely. Some might think that male circumcisn is barbaric, but it's part of our culture so we don't really give it much thought.

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Posted by Rae
a resident of Mohr Park
on May 12, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Did you read the AAP document? I'm guessing not, otherwise you wouldn't compare Female Genatalia Cutting (FGC) to circumcision. A better comparison would be removing a man's genatalia, ensuring only that he retained the ability to urinate.

This isn't a cultural issue like a difference in what clothes are worn, what food is eaten or the education that is received. This procedure is mutilation and should be addressed as such.

I'm betting that if the procedure were performed on men there would be much more of an uproar and less thinking of the procedure as a just a little difference in cultures.

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

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