SBS 2013 Insight: Clear Cut (19 February 2013)

OrganisationSpecial Broadcasting Service (SBS)
AvailabilityOpen access
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OVERVIEW: Insight breaks some deeply held taboos to look at a practice which is as personal as it is controversial. There has been much talk about female genital cutting, also known as female circumcision or female genital mutilation, after several high profile arrests across Australia in recent months.
In December last year, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a review of the current legal framework and said a national summit would be held sometime this year. Gillard said, “It is a violation of the human rights of women and girls and there is no place for it here in Australia. Its occurrence in this country cannot be excused by culture."
But some women say cultural reasons are valid, and some say that they’re still able to lead healthy sex lives and achieve orgasms – even when they’ve undergone the most severe forms of the procedure.