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What is the place of religious traditions involving genital cutting in today’s world? How do we draw the line between parents’ rights and religious liberty on the one hand, and children’s rights on the other?
Rebecca Steinfeld, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, looks at recent debates among medical ethicists and lawyers about male infant circumcision, performed on around 1/3 of the world’s male population. She explores what these debates reveal about the relationships between parents and children, religion and human rights, and the differences between male and female bodies.
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BBC Radio 3’s festival of ideas returns to Sage Gateshead on 25, 26 and 27 October for a weekend of provocative debate, new ideas, music and performance. This year’s festival theme is “Who’s In Control?” Do workers or their bosses suffer most stress? Has twitter...