The Association of Professional Piercers’ Official Response on the UK Categorization of “Piercing” as “Female Genital Mutilation.”

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The Association of Professional Piercers does not consider elective female genital piercing to be mutilation or “Female Genital Mutilation” (“FGM”). We support the right for all adults to pierce their bodies in a safe, informed, and consensual manner when performed by a qualified practitioner under appropriate asepsis.

We are urging UK government officials to readdress the language of the current laws and regulations to clarify the confusion arising from the current definitions, including definitional
section 6 (1) of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003, in which “Girl includes woman,” as well as any “FGM” regulations that include the term “pierce,” such as ISB 1610 of 2014. We are available to assist in this process.

The Association of Professional Piercers is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of vital health and safety information about body piercing to piercers, health care professionals, legislators, and the general public. Socially and legislatively, body piercing is situated within the greater body modification community. As a result, we recognize that our role extends beyond the discipline of body piercing. Our position on body art practices such as tattooing, cosmetic tattooing, branding, scarification, suspension, and other forms of body modification is as follows:

We support the right for all adults to adorn or modify their bodies in a safe, informed, and consensual manner when performed by a qualified practitioner under appropriate asepsis. While the APP does not directly regulate, perform outreach, or offer procedural guidelines on practices other than body piercing, we support health and safety organizations that do. Our most fundamental principles as expressed in our environmental criteria and ethical standards extend to the greater body modification community and its practices.

 

Brian Skellie – President
Cody Vaughn – Vice President
Paul King – Treasurer
Bethra Szumski – Secretary
Christopher Glunt – Medical Liaison
Ash Misako – Outreach Coordinator
Steve Joyner – Legislation / Regulatory Affairs
Jef Saunders – Membership Liaison
Miro Hernandez – Public Relations

 

Consensual piercing done in a processional, sterile environment by a competent, knowledgeable piercer is entirely different than the atrocities committed on these girls. Classifying female genital piercings as mutilation is trivializing the experiences of female genital mutilation (FGM) victims.

In addition to consensual piecing being considered mutilation under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 , the UK is not considering an exemption for consensual labiaplasty (ie. Plastic surgery for “designer vaginas”), AND they are neglecting male genital mutilation in the form of non-conscensual circumcision on a minor.

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