Male and female genital cutting among Southern Thailand's Muslims: rituals, biomedical practice and local discourses
Culture, Health and Sexuality
2010) 'Male and female genital cutting among Southern Thailand's Muslims : rituals, biomedical practices, and local discourses.', Culture, health sexuality., 12 (7). pp. 725-738. Further information on publisher's website: http://dx.limit of 50 downloads has been set, on a rst-come, rst served basis. Use policy The full-text may be used and/or reproduced, and given to third parties in any format or medium, without prior permission or charge, for personal research or study, educational, or
... ucational, or not-for-prot purposes provided that: • a full bibliographic reference is made to the original source • a link is made to the metadata record in DRO • the full-text is not changed in any way The full-text must not be sold in any format or medium without the formal permission of the copyright holders. Please consult the full DRO policy for further details. Durham University Library, Stockton Road, Durham DH1 3LY, United Kingdom Tel : +44 (0)191 334 3042 | Fax : +44 (0)191 334 2971 http://dro.dur.ac.uk Merli, C. (2010). Male and female genital cutting among Southern Thailand's Muslims: rituals, biomedical practices, and local discourses. Culture, Health and Sexuality 12(7): 725-738. Abstract This paper explores how the local Muslims in a province in southern Thailand perceive the practice of male and female genital cutting. In order to understand the importance placed on these practices, a comparison is drawn between the two and also between the male circumcision and the Buddhist ordination of monks as rites of passage. Discourses on the exposure or concealment of male and female bodies respectively, witness to the relevance of both the local political-historical context and biomedical hegemony to gendered bodies. The comparisons evince the need to reflect upon the theoretical and ethical implications of studying genital cutting and focussing exclusively on one of the two practices rather than, as this paper claims to be necessary, considering them as inextricably connected.