Dr Matthew Johnson is a lecturer in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University. He has an eclectic range of research interests broadly converging around the politics of cultural diversity and the relationship between culture, wellbeing, institutions and circumstance.
  • Xhosa boys undergoing circumcision ritual in South Africa. © Tjkphotography | Dreamstime.com

    Genital Mutilation: Considering Both Sexes

    Today a doctor in a Nile delta village will appear in court accused of killing a 13-year-old schoolgirl during a botched act of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in June 2013. This is the first case of its kind in the country where FGM is illegal but widely accepted. While such incidents instil understandable outrage, we need to step carefully in order that opposition to FGM is consistent and productive.