Carlos The Badger wrote:
Yep. FGM is a totally unnecessary, barbaric practice. Male circumcision can sometimes be needed because of discomfort etc.
Unless you're a United Statesian where it's totally necessary to pad out the obstetrician's bill at the end of your largely unnecessarily long hospital stay.
Jewish and Muslim circumcision probably comes from the same roots as kosher and halal food rules - that is, living in a Middle Eastern climate before the advent of modern medicine and shit.
Perhaps someone who knows about these things could elaborate?
Can't speak on the Abrahamic origins (and I'd be interested to know when and why Christians dropped it).
However it apparently took off in US medicine following 1943.
The American army landed in North Africa and apparently suffered a sudden outbreak of foreskin related discomfort.
I've no medical details, maybe problems maintaining hygene with water in short supply and a lot of dust.
It may be that similar problems popularised the procedure with semitic peoples in the mists of time.
The Ancient Egyptians also practiced it, and it was popular in Australia till quite recently.
The only link between all these places I see is arid conditions, and not being able to rely on the old chap getting a daily immersion.