Let's talk about what the phrase "female genital mutilation" means to White people. Strangely the focus of this discussion have been about indigenous cultures... something that none of us know anything about. I am pretty sure that female circumcision has never been a part of any White culture. I think that at any point of our cultural heritage, inflicting this on White women would have been "barbaric".
Do why do White people bring the topic in a thread talking about bigotry and racism (other than the fact that it is safe to discuss practices from indigenous cultures)?
Both American Conservatives and Liberal Conservatives like to bring up the topic of "female genital mutilation". Because both sides see how "barbaric" it is, it is a great topic for scoring political points. But the meaning of the practice; how it is used to push a political ideology, is quite different.
To American Conservatives (and I suspect their European counterparts), "female genital mutilation" is a way to show how immigrant culture, and particularly Muslim culture, is a threat to the American and European way of life. It is part of an ideology that says we need to close borders, strengthen immigration controls and watch mosques.
I will let Finn (who is an American Conservative) tell me if I have this wrong about American Conservatives, and I will respect his opinion if he corrects me. But, I think I am correct.
To American liberals "female genital mutilation" is a way to talk about patriarchy. It is an example to support the narrative that men have always oppressed women to the benfit of men. It is part of an ideology that says we need to ensure abortion rights, regulate healthcare, and end rape culture in popular media.
I will let Glennn and Snood tell me if I am wrong about American liberals.
Americans on both sides use "female genital mutilation", mainly to further their political ideology. It is a convenient talking point. It is useful because it shuts down discussion; liberals accuse conservatives of being barbaric and conservatives accuse liberals of being barbaric. No one ever questions their own beliefs or considers how someone outside their ideological bubble might have a valid point.
That is why we are talking about it in a thread about bigotry.