Against Aesthetic Surgeries On Six-Year-Olds

Hanna Rosin defends taking the scalpel to six-year-old girls with enlarged and abnormal clitorises. Dan Savage strongly dissents:

Rosen doesn't address the biggest issue here: it should be up to these girls, when they reach adulthood, to decide for themselves if they want to undergo surgery to reduce the sizes of their clitorises. Their clitorises are theirsthey do not belong to their parents, or their doctors, and their parents and doctors should not be subjecting these girls to unnecessary and risky surgeries that have done irreparable damage to other women.