The non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors – Male Genital Mutilation, ‘MGM’ – is a scourge across much of the world, causing widespread physical and psychological suffering. Men and boys are shamed into keeping quiet about the problems that have resulted from the procedure.
Sometimes it leads to death, either as a result of the procedure, or suicide in adult life. Unlike Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) it’s not specifically illegal, but it doesn’t need to be – nor did FGM, when it was made specifically illegal in 1985. A parliamentary override would be required to make MGM legal, and no such override has ever existed.
Performing MGM is self-evidently bodily harm inflicted upon a male minor who cannot, by virtue of his age, give legal consent. MGM is therefore illegal under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. We continue to press the government to make it specifically illegal, in line with FGM, and in the meantime we call for the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to bring prosecutions against the criminals who are carrying out the procedures, invariably for financial gain. The government is a direct beneficiary of the crimes, drawing income tax from the criminals.
There are a considerable number of pieces about MGM in our Key topics section, scroll down to ‘Male Genital Mutilation’.
In July 2016 the American anti-MGM campaigner Tim Hammond gave a talk at the second International Conference on Men’s Issues at London Excel, on his 2012 Global Survey of Infant Circumcision Harm (video, 44:00).
There’s a collection of audio and video files relating to MGM, including our interviews on the subject, on our Vimeo channel, here.