Female Circumcision and Clitoridectomy in the United States

Female Circumcision and Clitoridectomy in the United States

From the late nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century, American physicians treated women and girls for masturbation by removing the clitoris (clitoridectomy) or clitoral hood (female circumcision). During this same time, and continuing to today, physicians also performed female circumcision to enable women to reach orgasm. Though used as treatment, paradoxically, for both a perceivedexcessive sexuality and a perceived lack of sexual responsiveness, these… (more)

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Publisher: University of Rochester Press (October 15, 2014)

Collection: Rochester Studies in Medical History

Page count: 292 pages

Language: English


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