Last night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson was interviewing an American woman who had voluntarily undergone female circumcision as an adult and was defending the practice, which she described as "just a nick" rather than mutilation. She also compared it to parents having their male child circumcised. Carlson, who is normally quite good at debating, failed to ask the woman one key question: What is the motive behind parents having their female child circumcised? The answer is that it has no health purpose but is performed for the purpose of limiting the female's ability to enjoy sex, something that male circumcision (which has a more legitimate purpose) does not do. That point would have destroyed the woman's argument.
Shireen Qudosi is a Sufist Muslim and a Muslim reformer. She has added her own opinion about FGM in this op-ed in the NY Times.
It is sad that in their rush to find and embrace "moderate" Muslims, the Qudosis and Zuhdi Jassers don't have a wider voice. Liberals and most of the media usually ignore them. (I am surprised that the NYT has even published this op-ed.)
Shireen's blog, The Qudosi Chronicles, is linked on Fousesquawk. I encourage you to check it out.