The First Cut Is (Not) The Deepest: Deconstructing "Female Genital Mutilation" and the Criminalization of the Other
female, deconstruction, ethics, justice, genital mutilation, prejudices, barriers, jurisprudence
Deconstruction, as a 'philosophy'andas a strategy for the reading of texts, offers us the ability to engage in a politics and ethics of justice which seeks to recognize our responsibility to the Other. By 'reading' 'female genital mutilation' with this obligation in mind, this article attempts to deal with the prejudices and barriers to justice which present themselves to those of us in the West who seek an engagement with the Other. The article offers a warning and a reading of the 'text' of 'female genital mutilation' informed by our obligation to justice.
David Fraser, "The First Cut Is (Not) The Deepest: Deconstructing "Female Genital Mutilation" and the Criminalization of the Other" (1995) 18:2 Dal LJ 310.