Judging the Other: Responding to Traditional Female Genital Surgeries


  • Sandra D. Lane,

  • Robert A. Rubinstein


Western feminists, physicians, and ethicists condemn the traditional genital surgeries performed on women in some non-Western cultures. But coming to moral judgment is not the end of the story; we must also decide what to do about our judgments. We must learn to work respectfully with, not independently of, local resources for cultural self-examination and change.