I think the ‘acceptance’ of FGM (and thus the culture that allows for FGM), comes about as a response to ‘white man’s guilt over colonialism.
If we accept and endorse FGM, well, maybe that might mitigate some of the colonialist ‘guilt’ over colonialism.
This is the convoluted (and erroneous) logic that is behind so much of European anti semitism. If the Europeans can paint Israel as racist and evil, well, maybe the Holocaust wasn’t perpetrated against innocents, but rather ‘maybe they had it coming’- and thus, European ambivalence and acquiescence to the Holocaust might be mitigated.
To consider FGM as an ‘acceptable cultural alternative’ is to accept radical hatreds and bigotry as ‘acceptable alternatives’ and to assign them equal status to the values of free and civilized cultures.
What’s next- the celebration of cannibalism, bestiality and pedophilia?
and Dymphna’s reply.