Posted on July 7, by Scott Alexander [Content note: I get words all day through. First from him, now from you. Is that all you blighters can do?
Developments in bioethics and law Circumcision in Australia Policy statements of medical authorities Circumcision and public health An anomaly in law and ethics: It seems to me that circumcision of girls is fundamentally wrong. If it is a breach of human rights, then, since boys are human, it would follow that circumcision of boys is a breach of human rights too.
That would appear to be the case. Yet many authorities on medical ethics and human rights make no mention of boys when discussing genital mutilation or even argue that the bioethical or human rights principles applying to girls do not apply to boys. If circumcision of girls is a violation of their human rights but circumcision of boys is not, there are two logical implications: Neither of those propositions seem reasonable or logical, so there must be a further possibility.
That the ethical and human rights authorities are mistaken when they assert or imply by silence that the arguments against circumcision of girls do not apply to boys.
His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute.
Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign. The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it.
Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental and spiritual. Every person has inherent dignity and value. Human rights help us to recognise and respect that fundamental worth in ourselves and in each other.
Human rights are important. They recognise our freedom to make choices about our life and develop our potential as human beings.
They ensure that we can live free from fear, harassment or discrimination. A society that commits to human rights, commits to ensuring that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. It would be hard to imagine a more gross violation of personal dignity than to restrain and forcibly subject a male infant or boy to surgery that excises a significant part of his penis.
Any such procedure carried out on minors is necessarily performed without consent. It is not treating them with dignity and respect. Human rights protect individuals The key points about human rights are that they pertain to individuals, not to groups or collectivities, and that their purpose is to protect the dignity of the individual and the integrity of his or her body and personhood.
This no Body but himself has any Right to but himself.Marble Torso of a God or Athlete, Roman Imperial, circa 1st/2nd Century A.D. In , I walked into the world famous Castro District of San Francisco as a.
[This post was co-written by Chris Bertram, Corey Robin and Alex Gourevitch] “In the general course of human nature, a power over a man’s subsistence amounts to a power over his will.” —Alexander Hamilton, Federalist 79 Libertarianism is a philosophy of individual freedom.
[Content note: hostility toward social justice, discussion of various prejudices] “Words! Words! Words! I’m so sick of words! I get words all day through.
The factors controlling human fertility and the development of rational therapies to limit births are not necessarily more difficult to understand than the isolation and cure of bacterial diseases.
The views of religions and religious believers range widely, from giving sex and sexuality a rather negative connotation to believing that sex is the highest expression of the divine. Dr. Kristi Siegel Associate Professor, English Dept.
Director, English Graduate Program Chair - Languages, Literature, and Communication Division.