Female genital mutilation is very much in the news. To be honest I'd rather it wasn't. Clearly it's a completely hideous practice but that isn't why I wish it wasn't in the news. Being completely selfish I just hate hearing about it. Hearing about it makes me think about it and I really don't want to think about it while I'm eating my breakfast, driving to work, cooking the dinner or relaxing on the sofa, or actually anytime.
So when inflicted on girls FGM is child abuse. I'm pretty sure that's not in question.
I assume, by applying the same reasoning, that circumcision of boys is also child abuse.
I imagine that applying a tattoo to a child would be considered child abuse too.
What about ear piercing?