Health, Body and the Law: Circumcision

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Health, Body and the Law: Circumcision
The practice of circumcision, throughout history, has been both a cultural one and a medical one. Like most cultural practices, it stems from the need to create a normative structure that serves, in some abstract way, to ensure human survival. Like the prohibition against pork in the Jewish tradition before the advent of cures for porcine trichinosis, male circumcision was meant to cull the growth of bacteria in sensitive genital areas (Immerman and Mackey). Female circumcision was, at one point in time and in some geographic locations, meant to ensure that one woman stayed faithful to one man (Immerman and Mackey). Simplistic as these explanations are, they formulated the basis for cultural...
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