Female circumcision isn't what you seem to think it is. It's the practice of cutting off the girl/woman's clitoris in order to reduce their sexual pleasure so that they won't cheat on their husbands. That's what it is. Male circumcision is the removal of the foreskin, which has no bearing whatsoever on the sexual aspect of the male (not physiologically, at least). So, there's a distinction. Now that you know it, I think your opinion might change a bit. Genital mutilation of that magnitude is ridiculous, and still goes on. Male circumcision has been in some cases shown to be beneficial to one's health, but it certainly isn't done in an act of mutilation and control.
Moreover, women's voting is not at all similar or analogous to the treatment of women that is justified by the enforcement of much of Islamic scripture. The culture is rooted in the physical oppression and abuse of women. Women's suffrage may have been political oppression, but American women weren't being publicly stoned, beaten, or having their genitals cut up. Please don't try to make it sound that "we" (Western civilization) is at all comparable to those disgusting practices.
It just personally pisses me off that so many people use religion as the XYZ.
I feel the need to restate what I said above. Some of them might be truly evil. That doesn't account for the millions of "bullies" that do these types of behaviors, as I really don't think it's likely that generations of billions of people do these things because they're all just bullies. The religious and cultural justifications are themselves the cause for most of the atrocities. It's not an excuse, or a mask to hide behind. In these cases, it is indeed the cause.
This post has been edited by sticktodrum: 01 July 2010 - 12:32 PM