African cultural groups
Cultural morality conflict
Full recordShow full item record
AbstractFemale Circumcision in the Netherlands as a Moral Problem. The desire of Somalian women refugees in the Netherlands to continue their cultural practice of female circumcision caused a public furor over the morality of allowing such practices. The debate prompted the Ministry of Health to publish a report advising legalization of one specific, nonmutilating, and ritual form of circumcision in the hopes that a legal outlet for the cultural practice would forestall mutilating circumstances or circumcisions by illegal practitioners. The issue was one of a clash between values of the integrity of one's body and equal rights for men and women vs respect for the habits and rituals of another culture. In this clash, cultural relativism was perceived as less important than other values. 16 References. Adapted from the source document.